Microsoft is getting ready to unveil Windows 9, aka Threshold. While the full release of Threshold may still be months away, a preview version is expected as early as next month. Here’s everything you need to know about Microsoft’s big unveiling of Threshold on September 30.
1. Microsoft Is Hosting a Threshold Event on September 30
Only about 50 members of the press and IT analysts have been invited to the September 30 event, according to ZDNet. The event will be held in San Francisco. One day prior to the event, an informational webpage about Threshold was accidentally made live. It has since been taken down. According to Information Week, the site had quite a bit of info about Threshold:
“The page displayed a small image of the new Windows desktop UI that included not only the revamped Start menu that Microsoft previewed in April, but also several features that have factored heavily into leaks and rumors, such as support for virtual desktops.
The page also listed several high-level benefits that Microsoft says users can expect from the new version of Windows. Notably, Microsoft appears ready to advertise the new OS as a way for IT professionals to ‘provide users with a familiar experience across multiple devices while enhancing security and manageability.’ Many longtime Windows users criticized Windows 8 because its UI wasn’t “familiar.””
2. Threshold Is Designed to Please Frustrated Windows Users
Many Windows users prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, citing issues with the interface, Explorer, and frequent crashes. Windows 9 (aka Threshold) is expected to be more user-friendly, and remind users of the best aspects of Windows 7. There are going to be new features that are tailored for business users, and one ZDNet report seems to suggest that Microsoft will be issuing more frequent updates to the OS.
3. Threshold Is Just a Code Name
Check out this concept video that predicts what the Threshold experience will be like.
Threshold is sort of the working title for Windows 9, but the OS might not even be called Windows 9 when it launches. Other rumored names ZDNet has heard being tossed around include Windows One, Windows 365, Windows X, or simply “Windows.” The September 30 event is expected to reveal the final name choice for this OS.
4. First Look Preview of Threshold Is Expected in October
The first preview version of Threshold is expected to make its debut sometime in October. It is not yet clear how much it will cost to upgrade to the new version of Windows when it is released. An article on PC World suggests that some users of Windows 8 or 8.1 might be able to upgrade to Windows 9 for free.
5. Threshold’s Full Public Release Is Expected in 2015
As we discussed in past Threshold coverage, we are most likely looking at a spring release window for Threshold. However, that could be pushed back to the summer of 2015. This would be ideal for Microsoft, because the new OS would be entering the marketplace just in time for the fall educational rush. Schools and students alike would be seeking to upgrade their computers in preparation for the start of the new academic year. And if Threshold really is the Winodws 8 killer we’re hoping it will be, demand should be rather high.