Microsoft might have released new versions of its operating platforms left and right these past few months, but the company has been rather silent on what releases we can expect in the very near future.

This new leak from a fairly reliable source might shed more light on the matter.

A report recently published cites this document by Faikee, a prominent leaker of Microsoft information. And it confirms that development is underway at Redmond on a number of key products, including Windows 9 and Windows 8.1 Update 2.

Here, take a look at it yourself:


The software titan actually confirmed at the BUILD 2014 developer conference that it is working on the next version of Windows 8.1. Terry Myerson, the head of the operating systems department at Microsoft said at the event:

“I previewed some work we are doing for the next iteration of Windows, which builds on the journey we began with Windows 8 just over a year ago as well as the releases we’ve done since then. In particular, I showed some early thinking on how the user experience in Windows will evolve in a way that will help developers’ apps make their way to users across devices and form factors.”

While we have a bit of an idea of what the next full version of the operating system brings, only little is known at this point on exactly is set to arrive with the second refresh of Windows 8.1.

Whether this comes with the revamped Start Menu, or if the company opts to save this anticipated feature for Windows 9 remains to be seen.

But as far as the second update for Windows 8.1 is concerned, there is every chance that this new version will debut in the next few months. August or September, rumors say.

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  • John Howe

    We’ve been expecting it by end of august/september, so it’s no surprise they’re working on it. The big question everyone is curious is the start menu. Will they add it to the update or wait until 9?

  • Ray C

    This is no surprise. I still think start menu should wait til 9. Just continue to improve on what you already have.

    • Emily Williams

      Agree with you here, Ray. People with 8/8.1 should be used to not having it by now. If they really want the start menu, then just wait and upgrade to 9!

  • collective pitch

    Start Menu like in Build Conference 2014 will appear in Windows 8.1 U2. It must be b/c if they’re going to use that awful looking thing in 9, it will make 9 look like a joke!

    Build 2014 Start Menu is akin to Vista taskbar. Start Menu in 9 will be something like Windows 7 taskbar, a complete, or almost complete reinvention over the Vista one!