Microsoft's next version of Windows has been casually referred to as "Windows 9", which makes a great deal of sense given that the current Windows 8.x was preceded by Windows 7. But while it's still a distinct possibility that the software giant will retain the numbered system, the company has also tried to ramp up hype of the impending Windows Technical Preview by keeping enthusiasts guessing as to what name the next major build will take, and with an official moniker expected to be officially revealed soon, a site set up specifically for the Tech. Preview appears to have slipped "Windows TH".
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.
As tech consumers, we've something of an affinity to voice assistants, particularly new ones. The massive fuss made when Apple dropped Siri a couple of years ago was equaled by the fanfare surrounding Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana, and while Microsoft's effort is naturally a more refined, well-rounded and personable feature than Siri was at launch, Cortana remains a work in progress. In fact, right now, Microsoft is attempting to spread Cortana beyond the confines of Windows Phone and onto the other major segments of its ecosystem, and a new Windows 9 screenshot offers a sneak peek of how it may eventually take shape on the desktop and tablet.
Windows Phone may have only just received a notification center to call its very own, but it looks like the desktop version of Windows is about to follow suit. With Windows 9 expected to be officially unveiled on September 30th, new information is popping up about what it will contain all the time, and the latest information has the next version of Microsoft's desktop operating system coming equipped with somewhere to keep all its notifications.
We know this now with absolute certainty that Microsoft will indeed bring back the highly-coveted Start Menu in Windows 9 - codenamed Project Threshold - and will answer the hue and cry of a lot of long-time Windows users. There have been some recent leaks as well that pointed in the same direction and even showcased the new feature, but how exactly will it be implemented, for that we have a much better idea now.
Microsoft looks set to take the wraps off the Windows 9 Technical Preview very soon, and having already seen scattered leaks of the new operating system in screenshots, we now have what appears to be the clearest look yet at what the software maker has in store. A new batch of screen grabs, which do include another peek at the eagerly awaited return of the traditional Start menu, can be seen below, and while Microsoft is still very much pressing ahead with its motion to blend desktop interface with the contemporary touch-based environment, it's also abundantly clear that Windows 9 will be at least a partial reversion to type.
Microsoft has had a lot of learning opportunity from the successes and failures of Windows 8, and that was evident from some of the quick fixes that were introduced with Window 8.1, which was a mere incremental update over the existing operating system. Still, for those who had hue and cry over the stark difference that Windows 8 presented over Windows 7, Windows 8.1 at least made the system usable for them once again. However, any major changes that were expected from the Redmond company, won’t happen until Windows 9 (or Windows Threshold, as it is called right now).
Microsoft's Windows 9, otherwise currently known as 'Threshold', will be released to developers as a 'technology' preview in the coming months, but as we eagerly await the next major build of the iconic operating system, new and previously undisclosed details are beginning to emerge.
Windows Threshold, also known as Windows 9 (or at least that’s what we expect it to be called once it becomes publicly available), has been in the news quite often lately, and for good reason. It’s been long rumored that Windows Threshold will see a public preview release late this year, and now it seems that this would be as early as late September this year. Apparently, the software giant is hard at work to push the next iteration of Windows out its Threshold (pun intended).
Microsoft's next major operating system release, set to be named Windows 9, might not be ready to hit the shelves until next year, but reports have already started surfacing with respect to what it will curtail. According to sources close to the matter, the next iteration of Windows will include Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, embedded deeply within the operating system.