Aug 24, 2014: Software giant Microsoft appears to be planning to unveil the Windows 9 platform, the much awaited successor of its Windows 8 operating system. According to a The Verge report, Microsoft will be hosting an event on September 30 to preview this iteration of the OS platform.
The report cites sources familiar with the company’s plans and claims that the date is tentative, but it will be towards the end of next month. Also, it is not clear whether the version will be actually called Windows 9 as it is currently codenamed Windows Threshold.
Last week, a ZDNet report suggested that theRedmondbased firm is planning to hold an event in late September or early October to launch a Technology Preview of the Windows Threshold platform. This early technology preview will provide the first look for the new mini Start Menu to the developers. Also, it will feature the removal of the Charms bar feature along with the other UI changes. Also, the report notes that those users who want to try out this operating system will have to enable the option of software updates getting automatically downloaded every month.
Talking about the new feature additions to the Windows 9 platform, it is likely that the iteration will include a mini Start menu that was not in the previous release, Windowed Metro-style applications, Cortana integration, virtual desktops and removal of Charm bar.
Microsoft has also revealed its plans of having a more rapid update cycle for Windows software that will be similar to its update cycle for Windows Phone operating system.
It is also speculated that the firm will be letting out a combined platform of Windows RT and Windows Phone later. Furthermore, Microsoft is said to be focusing more on making the Windows experience better even for those consumers using non-touch devices.