Looks like Microsoft is ready to unveil the next iteration of its Windows operating system. Tentatively known as Windows 9, Microsoft is set to unveil even more exciting additions to the world’s most popular desktop operating system, including Cortana integration and new UI changes that includes the return of the Start menu.
Microsoft has sent out invites for a “Windows” event scheduled for September 30 in San Francisco. There the company is expected to unveil more about Windows 9 as well as focus on the company’s enterprise solutions. Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Joe Belfiore and Executive Vice President, Terry Myerson will be chairing a discussion for the event.
One thing is for certain, though: the next iteration of Windows will likely see a shift back towards a UI that’s more desktop-oriented. Microsoft’s experiment with Metro hasn’t gone well with Windows veterans, and Windows 9 will likely see the return of the Start Menu. Screenshots of the new Start menu appeared recently, showing a slightly updated look from the initial design which was unveiled at Build 2014.
In addition, Windows 9 – which is codenamed Threshold – may also feature a Notifications Centre, virtual desktop mode as well as tighter integration with Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana.
Interestingly, Microsoft may not even call it Windows 9, and could just name it “Windows” – which is in line with the company’s unifying efforts across all its platforms. The event may also likely see Microsoft releasing a Windows Technical Preview to give developers a taste of what’s new in Windows 9, though it is likely that there will be more UI changes in the final version for retail.
(Source: The Verge)