Microsoft will take the wraps off Windows 9, the next iteration of company s desktop operating system at an event in San Francisco on September 30, according to the press invites the company is sending out. Also Read - Microsoft Surface event tomorrow: What to expect, how to watch livestreamAlso Read - Best laptops for students and professionals under Rs 60,000 in India in September
At the event, Microsoft’s operating system chief Terry Myerson, and Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore will talk about what comes next on Windows. As teased in the invites, the event will focus on enterprise and power users of Windows. The final version of Windows 9 is expected to come out next year, though Microsoft could release a “Technical Preview” of the operating system at the event or soon after it. The fact that Joe Belfiore will be at the event suggests that the company could give a glimpse of the merging of Windows RT with the Windows Phone platform. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 for work and studies in India in September
Windows 9 comes with a plethora of features. The operating system brings the Start menu back, a feature it pulled in Windows 8 in favor of Modern UI’s Start screen. Interestingly enough, the Start menu, as seen in the leaks, has received a major face lift. It now houses both traditional and Modern apps. The company might also not include Windows 8’s Charms bar in the new operating system. In addition, as seen in the leaks earlier, the new operating system brings a Notification Center to help users keep track of everything, a feature called Multi-desktop (Or Virtual Desktop), which could bolster user’s productivity.
It is rumored that Windows 9 will also see Cortana, Windows Phone’s voice assistant arrive on the desktop front, but it is unlikely it will be a part of the “Technical Preview”.