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Microsoft VP lets 'Windows 9' name slip in presentation

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Update: Windows 9 is now known as Windows 10. Want to know more about when you can get your hands on it? Check out our in-depth Windows 10 release date page

The head of Microsoft France, Alain Crozier, became the first executive to publicly name the successor of Windows 8 as err... Windows 9, just a few days ahead of its official unveiling in an event in San Francisco on September 30.

An archived livestream of his presentation bears witness of that statement where he can be seen (and heard) saying in French: "Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we'll be releasing Windows 9".

Microsoft however backtracked sending a statement, via Microsoft France's director of marketing and operations division, to stating, "We look forward to seeing you in late September, in San Francisco, for the future of Windows, which actually at this stage does not have a name as such."

Whether this is a deliberate attempt by Microsoft to whet our appetite ahead of a month that could/will see yet another Apple launch (with OS X Yosemite and new MacBook laptops expected), is to put it succinctly, unknown.

That said, there has been an uncharacteristically higher than average number of Windows 9-related leaks happening over the last few weeks like the Wi-Fi Sense and Storage Sense which leaves us believe that Microsoft might be onto something.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.