Windows 9 – a comprehensive overview

Because I get asked by friends and family all the time – what is Windows 9?, I thought it would be fun to document everything we know about Microsoft’s next Operating System in one place, on one page.

So I took a few days to do some research about Windows 9 and try to find all the salient and relevant points about this OS.

Editors Note: Please stay tuned as this page will update frequently.


Apparently Microsoft will be creating an interim release or two before Windows 9. It has been speculated that Microsoft will be releasing a Windows 8.1 update 2 and maybe even a Windows 8.1 update 3 before Windows 9 is released.

There is speculation that these updates would offer further refinements to Windows 8.1 including the addition/refinement of a start button. The idea here would be to appeal to consumers and businesses with more features before Windows 9 is released.


Threshold is the rumored codename for the next major version of Windows. Though Threshold is widely believed to be the same as Windows 9, apparently it is not.

Instead, the codename refers to the wave of operating systems across Windows-based phones, devices and gaming consoles.

Allegedly, Threshold will include updates to all three OS platforms (Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone) that will allow them to share common elements.

So more properly put, Windows 9 will be part of the threshold updates.

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