Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is no Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) when it comes to preserving the secrecy of announcements and allowing hype to build leading up to major events. They proved that yet again, as The Register reported that the President of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) France, Alain Crozier, confirmed that Windows 9 is coming and will be released in short order.
“Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we’ll be releasing Windows 9,” Crozier is reported as saying.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) France moved quickly to counter the slip, releasing a statement to ZDNet.fr from their director of marketing and operations in France, Nicolas Petit, saying to look forward to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s planned September 30 event in San Francisco, and the future of Windows, which he described as not actually having a name yet.
While it’s possible Crozier was wrong about the Windows 9 name, and even wrong about the release date being mere days away, it’s another confirmation that the next Windows will be shown at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s San Francisco event, which is being restricted to only invited members of the press. While it was understood the next OS would be revealed in some form at the event, the Windows 9 name was never used, nor a release date expected to be this close.
Windows 9 (or whatever it may be called) will be Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s attempt to repair some of the damage caused by the much-maligned Windows 8 and 8.1. Those OS’s were generally reviled for their touch-screen optimization which was seen as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s way to reignite interest in PC’s.
The new OS, codenamed Threshold, will reportedly bring back the Start menu, which was conspicuously absent from 8, as well as provide support for virtual desktops and the Cortana digital assistant that has been integrated into Windows Phone 8.1. It’s also rumored the new OS will support 8K resolutions.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trading at $46.81 in afternoon trading, up 25% year-to-date.
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