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We know Windows 9 is coming, but it looks like Microsoft is going to unveil its next desktop operating system on September 30, at a "Windows event" in San Francisco.
Microsoft has started emailing out its invites, with Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson to lead the talks about the future of Windows. The event itself will also cover enterprise and power users, with a "Windows Technical Preview" expected to be unveiled shortly after, or hopefully even at the event itself.
We already know that Windows 9 will feature a new, new Start menu, virtual desktops, and a Notification Center. I'm sure we'll see some surprises in Windows 9, something we'll find out much more on in just a few days time.
Images reportedly leaked from Microsoft's upcoming Windows 9 operating system have hit the Internet, and indicate the desktop experience is back in full force. The official Windows Technical Preview should be available sometime in the next few weeks. Windows 9 should be released in April 2015, as Microsoft pushes ahead with the OS on PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones.
Even the Windows Store, a Metro app, has its own window running on the Windows 9 desktop. Similar to older versions of Windows, the window has an options screen on the left-hand side - and traditional minimize, maximize and close buttons in the right hand corner of the store.
Microsoft wanted to push users towards mobility with Windows 8, a touch-designed OS, but desktop and notebook users were not pleased. Despite being stable - and providing enhanced security features - than older versions of Windows, users weren't in a big hurry to abandon Windows 7 in favor of 8/8.1.
Microsoft is already looking ahead to Windows 9, but still hopes its struggling Windows 8 operating system will replace older versions. Windows 8 accounted for 6.28 percent market share while Windows 8.1 had 7.09 percent market share in August, according to Web analytics company Net Applications.
Meanwhile, Windows 7 still leads with 51.21 percent market share, and Windows XP - the recently retired OS - still accounts for 23.89 percent market share, as it continues to slide. Despite a large marketing campaign, including pushing its value-added resellers (VARs) to sell Windows 8/8.1-powered devices, Microsoft has struggled to entice users to the touch-centric OS.
Microsoft "Threshold," which will be Windows 9, is expected to launch in preview mode at the end of September - and a full release is scheduled for April 2015. The software company will include a Start menu and has made changes to try to woo users away from Windows 7.
Microsoft China has just unofficially teased Windows 9 through a post on Weibo the company asked "Microsoft's latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?: and teased the Windows 9 logo, below.
The post was quickly removed, but this is the Internet - so now we have a very clear look at the possible logo for Microsoft's next desktop operating system. Microsoft is holding a press event on September 30 where it should announce Windows 9, with a Technology Preview to be made available to developers and enterprise users sometime late this month or early October.
Cyanogen is definitely doing alright for themselves at the moment, with the company meeting with some of the biggest companies in the world recently. Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, Yahoo and more have met with the company "to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target."
Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, recently sat down with Cyanogen, which could be interesting for the company. Given that Cyanogen is a modified version of Android, which is owned by Google, Microsoft acquiring the guys and girls at Cyanogen could be something interesting for the future of Windows Phone.
Cyanogen is currently in search for a "big" Series C funding round, and with recent staff movements from EA and Facebook, it could get quite serious, quite quick for Cyanogen.
The clock is still ticking on Tizen, but Huawei boss Richard Yu thinks that Android and iOS will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Yu said that his company has no plans to use the Linux-based open-source mobile OS, an OS that is backed by companies like Intel and Samsung.
Carriers have reportedly been asking Huawei to build a Tizen-based smartphone, with Huawei considering it at one point, researching into it. The project was cancelled, as the company feels that Tizen has no chance at being successful. Yu was also asked if Huawei was thinking of building its own mobile OS, but Yu was quick to point out that it isn't hard to build an OS - using Microsoft and Windows Phone as an example - that its the ecosystem behind it that is more important, and much harder to build.
Building a Windows Phone-based smartphone isn't profitable to Huawei, as it finds it hard to convince customers to use a Windows Phone device compared to an Android device. The company has now put all of its future Windows Phone devices on hold, concentrating solely on Android. Yu is aware that Huawei is putting all of its faith, and the future of the company (as we know it now anyway) into Android, but they have no other choice. Yu added that Huawei has a strong relationship with Google.
We still don't know much about Google's next blip on the Android radar, simply known as Android 'L' or Android 5.0 right now. But Android Police have been doing some digging on Android L, finding evidence that Google might be using the codename of "Lemon Meringue Pie" for Android 5.0.
The site has been looking into it, as well as one of their readers chipping in, where they have located "multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which can only refer to the delicious baked good". Better yet, they found an extract from the Android SDK, where it mentioned the current preview builds of Android L available for both the Nexus 5 and 7 are the "lmp-preview-release".
Then there's some Wi-Fi certification for a new tablet from HTC, known as "Flounder", which has popped up before as the Volantis. The firmware here is noted as "LMP". We should hopefully hear more about Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie in the coming months.
It looks like Microsoft could unveil its new version of Windows as previously reported, with Windows 9 to be unveiled at a special media event on September 30, according to The Verge.
We should see this event have Microsoft unleash a preview version of the OS, codenamed Threshold. Windows 9 will deliver an evolution of Microsoft's ever-changing desktop OS, where we'll see a new Start Menu, virtual desktops, the removal of the Charms bar, and much more. We should also see Microsoft include its digital assistant Cortana, but we don't know if this will make it into the preview build or not.
Microsoft is ramping up for Windows Threshold, the codename of its upcoming next-gen OS, Windows 9. The Redmond-based giant is reportedly set to launch a preview release of Windows 9 in either late September, or early October, according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.
The company will make the Windows 9 preview available to all, so that everyone can test it out. We should expect the new, new Start menu, as well as new live tiles and the ability to run Metro applications in windows. The Charms bar should be gone, with Metro apps seeing their own embedded search, share and print buttons.
Another big feature to expect in Windows 9 is virtual desktop support, which is the first time Microsoft has baked in native support for users. We should also see the company's digital assistant Cortana featured, but we don't know if this will make the early preview build. The best part of Windows 9 is the rumor that it could eventually be released for free to Windows XP, Vista and 7 users.
We're starting to hear more and more about Windows 9, but what big changes should we expect with Microsoft's new desktop OS? For starters, we should be treated with a new Start Menu, as well as windowed "Metro-style" apps.
Beyond that, it looks like Microsoft will be removing its Charms bar, which is an overlay from the right hand side of the OS that gives users quick access to search, share, the Start screen, devices and settings. This new information is being reported by The Verge, which has seen the changes in the latest builds of Windows Threshold, the codename for Microsoft's upcoming OS. Charms are useful for touch-based systems, something I often used to quickly search for something on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook, but outside of that, it's close to useless on traditional mouse and keyboard setups.
Another new addition to Windows 9 is the rumored virtual desktops feature, that will see power users and enterprise customers welcoming the new OS. Windows has supported virtual desktops before, but always through third-party software, but now Windows 9 users will be capable of creating their own separate active desktops, with the ability of switching between by clicking, or tapping a button on the taskbar. The addition of virtual desktops shows that Microsoft is getting serious about its focus on the desktop.