There has been much talk about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 9 just recently, particular with regards to its features. But the actual name of the next major release is still something of a mystery, and given that ‘Windows 9’ is merely a reference point for an upcoming product, like the “Nintendo Revolution” or the “Xbox 720“, it is expected that the software giant will seek a different direction after Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Next week, Microsoft will be holding a special gathering in San Francisco in which some of the major features of Windows 9 will be unveiled. We already know, thanks to an abundance of leaks and screenshots, what to expect for the most part, but still, the world will be watching as everything is made official.
The event itself is an invite-only affair, but while we’re mostly interested in what the next version of Windows offers in terms of functionality and general improvements, the whole naming thing is providing a decent distraction while also helping to generate some hype. The Verge’s Tom Warren has been contacted by Terry Myerson, the head of Windows, who let slip that the company is “still deciding” on precisely which name to pick, but while it seems that even Microsoft hasn’t set Windows 9’s true moniker in stone, there’s a pool of very plausible suggestions currently doing the rounds.
“Windows X” is one, “Windows One” another, and given that the company’s new console and renamed cloud service are both “One” themed, the latter makes perfect sense, adding a sense of uniformity across the board.
To simplify things, Microsoft could even just opt for “Windows,” but while it looks clean when written down, could also cause confusion among the consumer market.
“Windows 9” must still be in the frame, and if the company was never really planning to deviate from the numbered system, the joke would most certainly be on us.
Still, we’ll know for sure in a couple of days’ time, and if you’re intrigued to learn of what Microsoft has been preparing for the next generation of Windows, be sure to join us for continued coverage on Tuesday’s event day and throughout next week as the Technical Preview is made public.
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