Although Windows 8 is not that old and yet to receive a major service pack, it seems that Microsoft has already started working on the next version of the operating system. News about Windows 9 have circulated on the web, but now they have surfaced on the official channel. If you were thinking of a grand unveiling from Microsoft or something, I’m sad to disappoint you, but nevertheless, they are currently hiring engineers for development of the next OS.

It seems that Microsoft’s engines are going full throttle as they are looking to expand the Windows Phone platform, also to version 9 and Internet Explorer 11 has also been mentioned. There’s not a lot to go on at the moment, but it looks like the next generation will also be optimized for touchscreen interfaces.

Will Microsoft abandon Windows 8?

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We all remember when Windows Vista came out, it was a new interface with awesome looks that left many mouths wide open, but others still stuck with the old XP. Nowadays, with Windows 8 on the rise, the story is similar: many love it, most don’t and quickly downgraded back to Windows 7. This begs the question if Windows 8 was just a way for Microsoft to set the stage for Windows 9.

We can also see from the Microsoft Careers website that they are looking to expand their development team for Windows Phone 9 and IE 11.

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From all of this, we can understand that Windows 9 is under development and we might start seeing more stuff in the near future, as the project moves closer to completion. A proper release date or other solid information is not available at this moment. It’s a little too early to speculate when Windows 9 will be released, but if we’ve learned anything from Microsoft’s past releases, we can expect it when Windows 8 will be at least an year old. But that’s still way too early for Windows release cycle.

Source: Neowin
 
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  • newyorkcitymale

    I think Windows Blue might really be Windows 9. Why? Because the rumor was that W9 wasn’t due until late 2014… but if that’s the case, then why would it take so long to release IE11? Since IE11 is more likely to come rather quickly, and this job posting suggests they’ll be launched together, then it makes sense that the rumored Blue will be Windows 9.

    Furthermore, I think the new name for Windows RT will become Windows Mobile… and will also eventually run Windows Phones as well. After all, they both run on ARM.

    • Sitharth

      Windows blue is just for mobile phones and not for desktops or anything else….
      and that to its an upgradeable one – its named as Apollo plus!!!!!!!

  • bb

    I just want the Start Menu, and the Classic Theme back, and allow users to remove the Metro, Or else, I will continue use Windows XP.