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The release of the Windows 8.1 update is coming later this year, yet the company is planning already on jumping to the next number version next year.

Thanks to sources, Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott says Microsoft will reveal Windows 9, currently code-named Threshold, at the Build Conference in April 2014, to be set for release in April 2015.

So, what will Microsoft do with Windows 9? Sources state the following:

  • Microsoft will not demonstrate Threshold at Built; it is still deciding which features to include.
  • New changes and fixes for the next version of Metro (2.0), including letting apps be separated from its Metro view and put them on the regular desktop view.
  • The return of Start Menu may be seen in Windows 9 and also on a second update for Windows 8.1
  • Three milestone releases before the final version (Beta, Release Candidate?!).

With the end of support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) coming also in April, people who are still using XP should take into consideration a newer operating system, and perhaps a newer computer. Many people have left Vista and have jumped to 7, but Windows 8 and 8.1 have not seen the same success as 7. Will MS overcome the user complains seen in Windows 8 and 8.1?

[Source]: Win Super Site: “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 [http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/threshold-be-called-windows-9-ship-april-2015].

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