Microsoft’s follow-up to Windows 8 could make its debut as early as next month, according to reports.
The Verge, citing unnamed sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, reported that the software giant is gearing up to unveil the updated operating system at a special press event tentatively scheduled for Sept. 30. That information corroborates a recent ZDNet report from veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley claiming that Microsoft is planning to preview a new version of Windows by late September or early October.
Previous rumors indicated that the OS – codenamed Threshold but likely to be named Windows 9 – was being developed as part of Redmond’s “One Windows” strategy and slated for release in the first half of 2015.
For its part, Microsoft is keeping tight-lipped on the matter. The company has not made any public statements about the next version of Windows. When contacted by PCMag on Thursday, a Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the reports, saying “We have nothing to share.”
Meanwhile, recent rumors indicate that the successor to Windows 8 will reintroduce the Start menu and further chip away at differences between Redmond’s flagship PC platform and the software running the Xbox One and Windows phones. Other rumored changes include: Metro-Style applications on the desktop, virtual desktop functionality, and Cortana integration, according to ZDNet