It seems we have been hearing more and more about Windows 9 lately. Microsoft is working on this build of Windows and the biggest news is that they could be ditching the metro interface, but it seems the Windows 8 element will be incorporated into the start menu.
Unlike Windows 8 where you have your entire Metro interface with live tiles, you will have all of this built into a compact start menu, much like you see above. The Windows 9 Preview build 9788 was found in Microsoft’s database, which does indicate that it will be released to the general public soon after the Windows 8.1 Update 2, which is expected to arrive in August. So we should see Windows 9 launched in Q4 of 2014.
From what we have seen Windows 9 will have elements from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The whole idea behind Windows 9 is to attract hard core desktop users who are still using and are fans of Windows 7. Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015.
Windows 9 will ditch the start screen and introduce live tiles and other Windows 8 elements in the start menu itself. Your PC settings and sharing menu will also be embedded into the start menu as well, which could make things a bit crowded.
As more details become available on Windows 9 we will be sure to keep you informed!
Source: PC Beta | News Archive