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Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month

Published Aug 21st, 2014 11:15AM EDT
Windows 9 Press Event

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After months of leaks and hints, Microsoft is finally prepared to unveil the next version Windows. The Verge reports that Microsoft will hold a press event on September 30th to officially announce Windows 9 and discuss details of the upcoming release. Microsoft is expected to launch a preview version of the new OS on the same day or in the first days of October, following earlier reports from ZDNet which pegged the same dates for the release.

The technology preview will allow developers and consumers alike to test out some of the new features of Windows 9, including the return of the Start menu and possibly an early version of Cortana for PC. We’ve seen some of the UI alterations in leaks over the past few months, but there’s no telling what will have changed since the early developer builds.

We know that the next major version of the operating system will likely be called Windows 9, but according to The Verge, Microsoft won’t give the new release a name at the press event. Microsoft will instead focus on the new features of the Threshold update and the release of the technology preview. The long national nightmare is finally over for Windows 8 users — Windows 9 is on its way.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.