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Windows 9 version likely to be announced on September 30

India TV News Desk 23 Aug 2014, 16:43:26 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Microsoft may launch its new-generation computer operating system, called the Windows 9, on September 30. However, there is no formal announcement from the company.

Technology website The Verge claims that Microsoft will show the next version of Windows - codenamed Threshold - “on September 30th or shortly afterwards” at a media event.

Windows 9 holds key for the Redmond-based giant which witnessed not so enthusiastic response for its Windows 8 and an updated Windows 8.1 in the market.

Windows 8, which used the Metro user interface in a bid to make it more usable on tablets, failed to appeal to desktop and laptop users who found the interface confusing and saw no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows XP already installed on their machines.

Experts said the radical changes to the UI and the removal of the familiar Start button have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices.

Reports suggest that Microsoft will announce Windows 9 with a new Start Menu and refreshed user interface.

The Redmond-based Microsoft had earlier showed off a new Start Menu that borrows heavily from the Start Screen it revealed in Windows 8. This Start Menu would give users access to Windows Store Apps with Live Tiles and extras, but not completely take over their screen, as is the case in Windows 8.

The company has also revealed that it had plans to free Windows Store apps from the Start Screen.