Lots of new rumours and leaks surrounding Windows 9 – aka Windows Threshold have been doing rounds on the interweb for lately. We are almost certain that the new operating system version will come out sometime next year, however, new reports suggest that the RTM of the Windows Threshold – the special build which is sent out to the OEMs and is almost the final version of the operating system, will be sent out to several computer makers this fall.

Now grab some salt, as the images you see below are said to be from Windows Threshold. As we had expected, the Start menu has finally returned to the desktop version of Windows 9. But it’s tad different from what we had seen earlier in April right before Windows 8.1 Update release. The start menu sort of combines the Live Tiles from Windows Phone with the refined version of Start menu we have in Windows 7. Perhaps we will be able to customize the Start menu as we are able to do in case of Start screen on Windows 8.x.


The image that follows it depict Modern (Metro) app running on the desktop mode, which isn’t possible in any of the Windows 8.x version. These all images are taken from a build dubbed 9788, which was supposedly compiled on July 4. While the ISO image file of the build is yet to leak – but it will be available sooner than we think – several images of the leak have already enjoyed the craze on the Web.


One of the screenshots depict Modern PC Settings (Metro) with desktop background in the back – which suggests that the line between Modern UI mode and Desktop mode has become even blurrier. With Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft made the operating system more convenient for traditional mouse and keyboard users. The merging of both worlds would only make things better for them.


As Neowin reports, Cortana, the digital assistant currently available on Windows Phone is going to make its way to the desktop version of Windows. Before we get into that, let’s talk about some other features the said operating system is said to have.

Windows Threshold, which could be called Windows 9 will possess a new distinctive user interface. As the publication claims, any Windows user will be able to tell the different between the two. The new reveamped user interface will complement a new task bar. The task bar will no longer be static, and is believed to have small tiles; that’s all the information we have about it right now.

Now coming to Cortana, the desktop version of Windows will soon be able to bestow the assitance of Cortana very soon. And it’s not really surprising. Recently the company’s research team published info about Louise, the predessor of Cortana which they were working on as early as 2011. The interesting feature that surfaced with the demo video was how it was working on a Windows 8-powered tablet — which hinted that the company might soon integrate Cortana to the desktop as well.

What we know so far is that the Windows Threshold will come at Spring of 2015, possibly around company’s Build conference. The OS is said to possess three different versions for meeting the needs of different users. At its WPC event yesterday, company’s executive said things about how the operating system will be a game changer for enterprise users, and also about bringing Universal Apps to Windows platform – to take load off of developer’s shoulder and enhance compatibility. However, he didn’t mention if he was referring to Windows Threshold or any other future version of Windows.

The next version of Windows that you are going to receive is probably Windows 8.1 Update 2 – the name could be changed, though. In any case, it is not expected to bring many new features, and we have heard that Microsoft will push it quietly with its August’s Patch Tuesday update.

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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.