According to sources familiar with the OS, the new system, dubbed “Threshold”, will be made available to the general public in either late September or early October. CNet’s sources noted that users will have to agree to have monthly updates pushed automatically if they want to continue using the service.
Windows 9 is said to include many new features and changes aimed at improving “Window’s usability on non-touch devices and by those using mice and keyboards alongside touch.”
Some features rumored to be included in the new version are virtual desktops, the removal of the Charms bar, integration of Cortana, a new “mini” Start Menu, Metro-style apps that run on separate windows on the desktop, and various UI changes.
Windows 9 is expected to be available spring 2015, though Microsoft has not yet announced an official date.