Windows 9 Details Expected on Sept. 30, 2014

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 by Rad

Microsoft last night sent invitations for an event in San Francisco on Sept. 30, where it will show off "what's next for Windows and the enterprise." The company didn't give too much else away, but the presentation will almost undoubtedly include a look at the successor to Windows 8, currently codenamed "Threshold."

Recent rumors indicate that Windows 9 will reintroduce the Start menu and further chip away at differences between Redmond's flagship PC platform and the software running the Xbox One and Windows phones. Other rumored changes include: Metro-Style applications on the desktop, virtual desktop functionality, and Cortana integration.

German site WinFuture recently offered up some more details about what Windows 9 might entail. The blog's screenshots and videos suggested the much-anticipated Start menu will include Redmond's famed Live Tiles in an expandable table, as well as the option to individually enable the menu.

Eager for a look at the next version of Microsoft Windows? You'll need to sit tight for just two more weeks.

WinFuture also provided a look at virtual desktops, each of which can be created to fit your needs—one for personal projects, another for work use, and more for family or entertainment. The Windows 9 Notification Center, meanwhile, will reportedly collect application and system alerts, as well as those generated from Windows 8-style apps, such as Skype, and let you take action right from the notification tray.

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