It’s been a long since Microsoft released Windows 8. So major people are assuming that Microsoft is working on its upcoming operating system, Windows 9. However, at the beginning of this year, we reported that Microsoft may release Windows 9 in April 2015. But that didn’t happen. And now it’s been reported that Windows 9 Preview may arrive later this year.
Windows 8.1 was released as a free update and a second update to Windows 8.1 is just around the bend. Until now it was being said that second update to Windows 8.1 is called Threshold (codenamed). But now sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have mentioned that Threshold is not the second update to Windows 8.1, rather it’s the next operating system of Microsoft which is touted as Windows 9. At the same time, the sources have said that Windows 9 will not arrive until the spring of 2015, but Windows 9 Preview will arrive later this year.
According to the sources, Microsoft is testing versions of Windows that enable the Start Menu by default on desktop machines, and hide the existing Start Screen from use. The Start Screen can be re-enabled in Microsoft’s test builds, and it’s believed that the company will keep this option for desktop users who prefer the tiled Start Screen. It is to be noted that the Start Menu was expected to return in the next Windows 8.1 update, but it has since been pushed back to Threshold.
On the other hand, Microsoft originally revealed a concept for its upcoming Start Menu at its Build developer conference earlier this year, and the final version will ship with a more refined interface. The concept includes Live Tiles floating in the Start Menu, providing access to traditional and “Metro-style” applications. Microsoft is also planning to allow “Metro-style” apps to float on the desktop in windows, much the same way that traditional x86 applications do today.
As of writing, everything is still in dark. So stay with us as we’ll be hearing more on this subject in the coming weeks and months.