Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

21 Aug 2014

Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella

Software giant Microsoft has confirmed the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – will be showcased on 30 September.

The release of the new OS, codenamed Threshold by the company, had been understood to be getting a September launch, but now it’s understood the press will be given the chance to see it on the month’s last day where it will then be offered for testing to the general public.

According to The Verge, Microsoft will not in fact name the new OS as Windows 9 just yet, but will rather use the opportunity to give a run through of some of the new features and what is to be expected of the OS.

A lot of hope is being pinned on the new OS, as the reception to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has been anything but positive.

As had been stated previously, some expectations for Threshold are the inclusion of a ‘mini’ start button, a virtual desktop that will allow the user to choose where his or her apps are run, as well as the removal of the Charms bar, which had been a key feature of Windows 8.

Windows Phone and RT are also expected to get an OS upgrade, however, the desktop version will not be built on the same design as seen in the mobile version.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic