Microsoft readies for Windows 9 launch

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Microsoft is set to unveil Windows 9 at a press event on September 30, sources have told The Verge.

Those sources say that the tech giant is tentatively planning the event where it will detail changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed “Threshold”.

The Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft is set to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30 or shortly afterwards.

The release is set to wind back some of the changes made in Windows 8, as well as giving developers a first look at the return of the Start Menu, the removal of the Charms Menu, among other user interface changes.

It’s not known whether or not the preview will feature Microsoft’s intelligent virtual assistant Cortana.

ZDNet speculates Windows 9 will be the “bridge between Microsoft’s past of big bang releases and a licensing model to one focused on the cloud”.

Kye White

Kye began his career at a Fairfax daily on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. He has since taken his belongings, and keen interest in technology, to Melbourne. He has a bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT University.

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