Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to show off its next operating system, likely called Windows 9 but currently codenamed Threshold, to the world on September 30, The Verge said Thursday. Details for the event are reportedly still being ironed out, but the date does match up with rumors that Microsoft will release a public preview of the Windows 9 operating system sometime this fall, either late next month or early in October.
Windows 9 should bring plenty of welcome changes, particularly for those who use the operating system with a keyboard and mouse, as opposed to a touchscreen. Microsoft has already confirmed the Start menu is returning and we might also see the addition of virtual desktops and even the Cortana voice assistant. The company is also reportedly ditching its “Charms” menu that was introduced in Windows 8.
Windows 9 isn’t expected to launch until sometime in 2015 but The Verge said that it’s already “nearing completion.” If it is indeed ready, we should be playing with a preview of the new OS just a month or so from now.