Is Microsoft Revealing Windows 9 In September?

Unnamed sources recently informed The Verge that Microsoft plans to reveal Windows 9 "Threshold" at a special press event on September 30. These sources indicated that Microsoft will release a technical preview of the upcoming OS to developers on that date, or shortly thereafter. The sources did not mention the rumored customer preview.

According to the report, the technical preview will include the new Start Menu, which will have both standard links and animated Start Screen tiles. The preview will also see the removal of the Charms bar on the desktop, and possibly an early version of Cortana, which in recently leaked builds materialized as a Start Screen app.

News of the technical preview surfaced last week, reporting that the Windows 9 end user will be required to accept automatic monthly updates if they choose to install the preview build. Rumors also indicated that the technical preview would be open to the public. However, Microsoft customers will likely be encouraged to wait for a consumer preview that may or may not launch in December or early 2015.

In addition to the new Start Menu and the removal of the desktop Charms bar, Windows 9 "Threshold" is also expected to introduce floating, resizable, windowed Modern UI apps on the desktop. Windows 9 will also boot directly into the desktop if the customer doesn't have a touch screen, or boot into the Start Screen if a touch screen is detected. Based on leaked builds, Windows 9 "Threshold" will also provide virtual desktops.

So far, rumors claim that Windows 9 may not cost a dime for customers upgrading from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. That sounds a bit far-fetched, but it could make sense for Microsoft to release the rumored "barebones" version for free (Windows with Bing?), and a premium version that can be bought outright or consumed as a monthly subscription, similar to what Microsoft does with Office 2013.

Currently, Windows 9 "Threshold" is expected to go retail in Q2 or Q3 2015. Rumors have pointed to Spring 2015, but that could change if Microsoft runs into a snafu caused by developer and consumer feedback. Still, all the rumors and reports seem to point to a familiar pattern that Microsoft followed with the original Windows 8 platform: The developer preview (Sept. 2011), the consumer preview (Feb. 2012), and the RTM version (Aug. 2012).

Using that timeline, Windows 9 may not see a consumer preview until March 2015, and the RTM somewhere around July or August 2015, which fits into previous rumors that the updated OS may not launch until Q2 or Q3 2015.

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  • lelutinbanni
    Dislike my comment
  • bluestar2k11
    Oddly, I have a good feeling about windows 9, it might just be the next best.

    My intuition has yet to be wrong, but it's up to microsoft to not make crappy decisions and screw up what may be a good thing in the making.

    You have a great chance here microsoft, don't blow it.
  • therogerwilco
    Hopefully they release it soon so all these morons can quit complaining about their precious start menu being taken away so Microshaft can get back to working on real features..
  • dstarr3
    Yes, let's hope they rush it out the door and give us a crippled OS because everyone demanded it sooner than it should be released.
  • Zunair Butt
    Microsoft is going to launch its first cloud based operating system very soon..
  • red77star
    They will blow it. Metro apps have no place on PC. They will bring that crap to Desktop. Once Metro GTFO from Windows I will say it has a great chance for success.
  • dextermat
    nope, pay per month or pay per year for an os is not a good idea. Probably just be a windows 8 buff up
  • SteelCity1981
    and yet ms still wants metro to be apart of windows no matter what. notice how there isn't any mention of disabling metro altogether in windows 9. windows 9 seems like it's is basicly going to be windows 8 with a start menu.
  • captaincharisma
    i think MS with apps in windows is a good thing. companies were getting too lazy with their services just making you log into a website to use them noe with apps its like everyone is making software again
  • mrmez
    3.11 - Good
    95 - Bad
    98 - Good
    ME - Aids
    XP - Good
    Vista - Ebola
    7 - Good
    8 - Bad
    9 - History points to GOOD!
    (i hope)