Rumors, technology rumors in particular, should always be taken at face value. They can turn out to be true as easily as they can be false. Microsoft, for instance, was expected to talk about a couple of key upcoming products.

Expected, or you can say, reported to.

There was talk that the company might unveil a smaller member of its Surface family of tablets, the Surface Mini. This device has been on the cards for quite a while now.

More significantly, people close to the matter seemed almost sure that Microsoft was supposed to share some details, some early details, on its important new project — the development of Windows 9 — at the BUILD 2014 event that concluded yesterday.

That obviously did not happen, and even though Microsoft unveiled a lot of new information on a wide array of products and platforms, Windows 9 remains a mystery for now.

Previous speculation on this claimed that while work on the new OS was scheduled to begin later this month, the company was to share some initial details about Windows 9, and maybe even talk about their plans about the next advancement of the Modern UI.

So I guess it can be safely concluded that the company is not that deep into development into this next full version of its flagship operating system, contrary to some earlier reports that suggested otherwise.

The bigger question, then, is what kind of an approach the company will adopt regarding Windows 9. Full secrecy or whether details are to be shared at some point in the near future?

Time, as it always does, will tell.

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  • Jason Claven

    I thought it was a little quick for 9 to come out this soon after 8. I guess Microsoft decided to take their time…

  • Jake

    I think they’re better off waiting to be honest. Let Windows 8 gain momentum and new users and just work on improving that for the time being. Once you get people on board, then you can start with 9. My two cents.

    • Bill Franklin

      I concur. We don’t always need to rush out the next product. Let’s perfect 8 before we unveil 9. I think they’ve learned this lesson.

  • Wayne S

    Secrecy may work to their advantage on this one. They already have a lot of buzz going from other products, so having the mystique and mystery of 9, may make the public more anxious for it. We will see what happens.

  • Ted Smith

    They probably would’ve brought it up if they didn’t have so much other stuff to talk about and showcase. I assume they don’t have much on 9 yet, so they’re just showing the strongest and most developed items at build. 9 still has a while to go.

  • Sally Black

    We have a long, long time before we have to worry about Windows 9. I think it may be a couple of years.

    • Emily W

      Unfortunately Sally, I think you’re right on this one. I hope it’s sooner, but that’s the feeling I’m getting as well.