Microsoft to unveil Windows 9 this month

Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this September.

The event, billed as a chance to “hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise”, will be held on September 30.The company on Monday sent out invitations for the event which experts say will talk in broad strokes about features aimed at corporate users for the next version of Windows, which people are informally calling “Windows 9”.

Windows 9 has sprung a dozen leaks, with videos showing off its new Start Menu functionality, along with a number of business-facing features, like virtual desktops.Screenshots and videos of the Windows Technical Preview have been leaked over the past week, revealing the addition of a new Start menu, a virtual desktops feature, and a Notification Center.

Microsoft is expected to deliver a “Windows Technical Preview” at the event or soon after so that developers and enterprise customers can evaluate a number of changes the company is making.The company also appears to be tweaking its desktop user interface to improve and flatten the traditional icons, alongside some taskbar changes for future Cortana integration and virtual desktops.

The target audience for the event underscores the reputation repair work Microsoft needs to do in the corporate world.Business-tech sales represent about two-thirds of Microsoft’s profit but the company alienated some corporate-PC users with the 2012 introduction of Windows 8 along with the Surface line of tablets.



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