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New leak offers surprising details about Windows’ future

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:48PM EST
Windows 9 and Windows 365 Launch

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Microsoft may already be working on quite a few different Windows-related products and some of them are pretty surprising. Myce rdirects our attention to a leaked image posted by a well-known Chinese leaker on Neowin showing that Microsoft is already working on several Windows 9 builds including a mobile Windows Phone 9 version, and could soon launch a cloud-based operating system dubbed Windows 365, a name that’s similar to its Office 365 subscription-based productivity suite.

In addition to Windows 9 and Windows 365 mentions, the leak lists current products, including Office 2013 and Windows 8.1, but also upcoming updates, such as Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Office 2015.

Windows 365 it described as an “alpha based on Windows Core,” although it’s not clear what features the operating system would have to offer. A previous report has also suggested that a cloud-based Windows OS version could be released in the future.

Finally, Faikee said that Windows 9 could be offered as a free update to all existing Windows 8.1 owners, although he mentioned that the news has to be taken as a rumor for the time being. A previous rumor also said that Windows 9 may arrive free of charge to existing users. The leaker did not reveal any other details about Microsoft’s future software releases.

The leaked screenshot that shows these upcoming Microsoft products follows below.

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