Microsoft's next version of OS, Windows 9, is expected to arrive by
April 2015, and is said to be a part of the Windows "Threshold" wave of
updates, according to a report.
Microsoft will allegedly reveal
its Windows 9 OS version at the company's Build 2014 developer
conference, scheduled for April this year, and release it a year later.
The exact changes in the proposed OS version are not clear as of yet,
but the "Metro 2.0" feature in the OS version is said to focus on
enhancing Microsoft's new apps and tiles.
"Maturing and fixing the
"Metro" design language used by Windows will be a major focus area of
Threshold," stated Paul Thurrot, a popular Microsoft blogger. "It's not
clear what changes are coming, but it's safe to assume that a windowed
mode that works on the desktop is part of that," he added.
Start menu may also make a return on Windows 9. It might also arrive
early as a second update to Windows 8.1 OS (a.k.a Windows Blue).
is said to be in the final planning stages for its Windows 9 and
further plans to introduce three key development points in the
conference for its next year's OS version. Since the firm is in final
planning stages, the work on the OS is expected to commence right after
the Build conference.
Thurrot further adds that the firm is set to
move away from its Windows 8 criticism and as a result, is planning to
give it the name of Windows 9 instead of Windows 8.2 or any other name
related to Windows 8. "To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle,
Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand
this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that's the