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Windows 10 will be unveiled at the end of September

Are you ready to see what Windows 9 is all about? Well, we've already seen a fair bit of where Microsoft is going with the next incarnation of its desktop OS courtesy of the usual leaks, but the official unveiling will of course reveal plenty more, and that will happen next month.

This is according to sources close to Redmond who spoke to the Verge (opens in new tab) (a normally reliable outlet), and apparently the Windows 9 launch event is currently pencilled in for 30 September.

Note that it's pencilled rather than anything like confirmed, so use your HB and keep your rubber handy if you do stick this one in your diary (if you still use a paper-based one, of course). This is also the date when Microsoft is planning to release a developer preview of the new desktop OS, or shortly thereafter – and that ties in with previous rumours on the dev version.

Note that the OS may not be christened Windows 9 at the event – it's currently named Threshold – but it will be shown off, with Redmond planning on giving an overview of all the key features. Many of which are damage control for those refusing to adopt Windows 8, of course; for instance, a proper old-school Start menu (opens in new tab) as was loved and lost by many, and ditching the Charms bar (opens in new tab) (the sidebar that pops up on the right of the screen with shortcuts to the likes of search and share – no, we never use it, either).

Read more: Windows 9 will shine because of Windows 8's failings (opens in new tab)

We may also see the ability to run modern (new-style) apps in a windowed environment, and Microsoft is apparently planning to bring Cortana (opens in new tab) (the voice assistant with Windows Phone) into Windows, as we heard earlier this month. Although it may be a fairly limited version of Cortana rather than any sort of full-on integration.

The good news is that we only have just over a month to wait to find out exactly what will be bundled in the next version of Windows.

Darren Allan
Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.