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The next major update to Windows, currently being called Windows Threshold, could arrive in preview form as soon as late September.
That's according to ZDNet, whose unnamed sources said a Windows Threshold "technology preview" will go live in early October at the latest.
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"Threshold" is thought to be the code name for Windows 9, though Microsoft has yet to weigh in officially.
Nevertheless the Windows 9 preview will be available to any and all who choose to participate, one of the site's sources said.
Time for an overhaul
Tellingly the Windows 9 tech preview will reportedly also feature automatic mandatory monthly updates, a move that could signal Windows' future trajectory.
Either way, Windows 8 users will probably be happy for their much-maligned OS to get overhauled.
Windows "Threshold" is rumored to have new features like a redesigned Start menu, windowed Metro-style tile apps, prominent Cortana integration, virtual desktops, and the removal of the Windows 8 charms bar.
For now Microsoft is keeping its lips zipped tight, but if there's really a Windows 9 preview scheduled for September expect an announcement soon.
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