by Don Reisinger, August 21, 2014 at CNET.com
Microsoft’s Windows 9, the successor to the widely panned Windows 8, could be shown off at the end of next month, according to a new report.
Microsoft is planning to hold a special press event on September 30 to show off Windows 9, The Verge is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. The date is currently “tentative,” according to the report.
It’s not yet clear whether Windows 9 will actually be known as Windows 9. The operating system is currently code-named Windows Threshold, though it’s highly likely that Microsoft will keep its numbering scheme with the next platform.
Last week, CNET sister site ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to launch a “technology preview” of Threshold at the end of September or early October. The report from Mary Jo Foley indicated that users would be able to try out the operating system, but would need to have software updates automatically downloaded to the platform each month.
Whenever Threshold makes an appearance, it’s expected to come with a wide range of improvements, including a “mini” Smart Menu, separate windows for Metro-style applications running on the desktop, and support for virtual desktops.
According to The Verge’s sources, Microsoft will be showcasing some of those improvements and new features at the event on September 30. The operating system should launch as a beta preview soon thereafter.
In a statement to CNET, Microsoft was succinct in its response to the news, saying only that it has “nothing to share” at this point.