Windows 9 to be officially announced on September 30th?

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Microsoft could be about to lift the lid on Windows 9 – its next major operating system – as early as the end of next month, say reports.

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According to The Verge, the 30th September could see the official announcement, complete with details on the much-rumoured return of the Start menu (and removal of the charms bar). The new OS is also thought to have Microsoft’s Siri-like Cortana built in. The broad direction of the OS seems to be a more subtle compromise between the much-hated “Metro” stylings of Windows 8 (which seem more optimised for tablet use than desktop) and the more traditional Windows appearance. Apparently you’ll be able to actually run apps in windows again.

There is also speculation that the September date will see a super early version of the OS released for developers to play with – long ahead of the consumer release, which we’re expecting next year. We’ll keep you posted.

James O’Malley