Recent reports suggested Microsoft will unveil a preview of Windows 9 later this month at an official event, and now we can add a bit more fuel to those fires. Microsoft on Monday sent out invitations for an event on Sept. 30 that promises information on “what’s next for Windows” as well as its plans for the enterprise market.
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Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft ends up calling the update) is expected to deliver a lot of new features and tweaks to the desktop operating system. The biggest change for most customers may be the return of the Start Menu, which we had a look at earlier this month. Rumor has it we’ll also get windowed versions of Microsoft’s Modern UI apps that run in the traditional desktop mode and integration with Cortana, the company’s new digital assistant currently available on Windows Phone 8.1.
As for enterprise, we’re not exactly sure what to expect, though we’re not surprised to hear the company has plans to strengthen its grip on the business market. With Apple and IBM teaming up to push more iOS devices into offices Microsoft definitely needs to fight back. That could mean better productivity apps for Windows 9 or something else entirely. Either way, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out with the company’s big announcement set for September 30 in San Francisco.