Windows 8.1 is just a couple of months away, and while we do not know exactly what Microsoft is planning for the future of its flagship operating system, rumored details occasionally leak out.
While some have suggested that a Windows 8.2 could still be in the pipeline, most believe that Redmond has already started work on the upcoming version upgrade of Windows, namely Windows 9. And according to this latest information, it may not just stop there — Windows 10 is also a possibility.
These new alleged details come from Ru-Board forum member WZOR, who some of you may remember has revealed fairly accurate information on new Microsoft products in the past. WZOR now claims that both Windows 9 and Windows 10 are in development at the technology titan.
The company is also looking into some major changes for these two operating systems.
First up is Windows 9, the first successor of the company’s modern OS, Windows 8. The way things are shaping up, it appears that Windows 9 will not bring major visual updates. But Microsoft is said to be working to bring back the Aero UI — again, with some changes.
Previous reports on the matter indicated that Windows 9 was on track to arrive as early as November 2014, with the first early beta of the operating system to be launched in January next year, with the RTM version on track for the middle of 2014.
Microsoft is apparently planning a lot of new features for Windows 10, however. The software titan is said to be preparing to move the operating system closer to the cloud environment.
And this means that Windows 10 could be Redmond’s first cloud operating system, one that would allow users to access their desktops from basically any device and computer, as long as they’re connected to the Internet.
The best part is that we will not have to wait much longer to see how this works. The first concept of this cloud connectivity is expected to be unveiled next month with plenty of details, according to WZOR.
Obviously, when talking about the future, Windows RT cannot be discounted. And it appears that the future of Windows on ARM is also under consideration right now. And once again, sources are claiming that Microsoft may actually merge the RT and Windows Phone platforms together.
None of this is official, and considering the recent big changes at Microsoft, it may be a while before we get confirmation straight from the source.
But as always, take these rumors with a grain of salt the size of the iceberg that sank the Titanic!