(The Hosting News) – Microsoft will finally unveil the next version of its Windows operating system, Windows 9, at the annual Build Conference in April, reports Windows blogger, Paul Thurrott.
The operating system, codenamed “Threshold”, will bring all of Microsoft’s OS platforms together to share common elements, which include the Xbox One, Windows, and Windows Phone.
Among the many features of the new system is the return of the popular Start menu.
“This is the release my sources previously pegged as being the one that will see the return of the Start menu and the ability to run Metro-style apps on the desktop alongside desktop applications,” writes Thurrott in his blog.
Although there is no confirmed name for the system, it is believed that Microsoft’s “current thinking” is to rename “Threshold” Windows 9.
“To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9.”
Microsoft is said to reveal its new system at the Build Conference in San Francisco, Ca, April 2-4, with a targeted release of April 2015.