Microsoft is expected to discuss its next version of Windows on Sept. 30. Several leaked screenshots and videos of the Windows Technical Preview, which the new operating system is called right now, have already spilled onto the Internet showing us the Start menu and more. However, we’re now seeing Cortana on the desktop for one of the first times ever, which suggests that it might be available for early testers in the first builds Microsoft seeds sometime in late September or early next month. Cortana is Microsoft’s Siri and Google Now competitor which is currently only available on Windows Phone.
The screenshots above were published by WinFuture, which also gave us an early look at the new Start menu that Microsoft has already confirmed will eventually launch in a future version of Windows. The photos of the Windows Technical Preview, which we’re otherwise expecting to be dubbed Windows 9 when it launches, show Cortana’s ability to read through your e-mail to provide updates on information like an upcoming flight. They also show the option to set reminders and some of the other files that are packaged with Microsoft’s voice assistant inside of the Windows Technical Preview.
Windows 9 is expected to be much more friendly for mouse and keyboard users, offering more options to run windowed Modern apps, virtual desktops and more. The first taste of the software should be available to consumers to test in the coming weeks but Microsoft’s full launch isn’t expected until sometime in the spring of 2015. Check out some earlier screenshots of Windows 9 below.