The rumor mill has been working overtime with regards to the what, how, why, and when of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 9 client OS, which has also been given the Microsoft codename of ‘Threshold.’ Thanks to some solid reporting by Tom Warren over at The Verge (and some of his sources), we now know that Microsoft is planning a press event in late September to release some additional details about Windows 9.
So what exactly will Microsoft be discussing at the Windows 9 preview event? Warren suggests in his post that it isn’t likely that the final name from the product will be announced then, but that Microsoft may release an early technology preview that will give “…developers a first look at the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes.”
Initially shown at this year’s BUILD conference, a revised Windows Start menu (shown above in BUILD form) will be one of the key new features in Windows 9. (Image: Microsoft)
There are some other features that have been rumored for Microsoft’s next update to the Windows client, including a version of the Windows Phone ‘Cortana’ voice assistant technology. Warren mentions that Microsoft may release an early technology preview version of Windows 9, primarily for developers, soon after the September 30th press event. Warren’s information aligns well with an earlier report by Mary Jo Foley that indicated that a tech preview of Windows 9 would be available in late September and that the preview would be available to end users as well.
While detailed information on what new features Windows 9 will contain is still hard to come by, here’s a summary of features that are more than likely to find their way into the next release of Windows.
Petri IT Knowledgebase Contributing Editor Russell Smith has written about a few things he’d like to see in Windows 9, but I’d love to hear from Petri readers as well. What new features would you like to see in Windows 9? Please send me an email with your thoughts, or you can also contact me on Twitter or Google+. You can also catch up on my posts in the Petri IT Knowledgebase forums.