Microsoft could release a new Windows 8.1 update as early as the autumn as rumours continue to build around the form that the company’s next major OS release – Windows 9 – will take when it finally sees the light of day.
Prolific Microsoft rumour group WZor told Myce that Windows 8.1 Update 2, which is also known as Windows 8.2 by many, is likely to be released this year and include the Start Menu that was shown off at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference.
Windows 8.1 Update 2 [Autumn Update], another guise by which it is known, is also likely to include “windowed” Metro apps and it follows the recent Windows 8.1 Update 1, which was released for the first time at Build 2014.
Wzor also revealed details on the much vaunted Windows 9 OS that has regularly been referred to as the “OS to rule them all” by various people with knowledge of Microsoft’s future plans. The leak merchant mentioned that the OS will have a refreshed Metro interface and will definitely include the new Start Menu as well as windowed Metro apps.
The OS will differ when it comes to each device and plans are being made whether a touch screen is present or not. Devices without a touchscreen as well as server systems will get a classic start menu whereas those devices with a touchscreen will have a “different concept” when it comes to the Start menu.
Wzor also reports that Microsoft could choose to release a free version of Windows 9 as well as a further rumour that a group inside the company is working on a Windows Cloud system.
The article states that the group is developing a “prototype operating system where the client software will be free to download and additional functionality requires a subscription.”
Similar to Office 365, it will let users download the OS for free and then once installed it will require an internet connection for full functionality with the OS’s offline mode working similar to Microsoft’s budget operating system, Windows Starter.