Russian group WZOR, a reliable source of Windows-related leaks, revealed various details about the future of Windows in a new report, Myce says. According to the group, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will launch later this year bringing the highly sought after Start menu back to the desktop operating system – the OS update could be launched as Windows 8.2 as well.
Once it’s back, the Start menu will be here to stay in Windows 9 as well. The button will be found on Windows 9 computers with touchscreens and without, and it will also be present in the new Metro interface.
WZOR also said that Windows 9 could launch as a free update to users according to some rumors, but there’s no confirmation yet.
Even more interestingly, the group said that Microsoft is working on an operating system based in the cloud – apparently called “Windows Cloud.” The client software would be available to users as a free download, and it might resemble earlier Windows Starter editions. More advanced features would then be available only when a subscription is purchased, and it would require an active Internet connection.
In offline mode, the OS would only include basic functionality.
Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled and released Windows 8.1 Update, a software version that brought several features supposed to increase the friendliness of the OS on non-touchscreen devices. The company also demoed its new Start button concept and showed its touch-first version of Office.
Microsoft made Windows free of charge for devices with screens smaller than 9 inches, but did not reveal any details about Windows 9 or Windows 9 pricing.