Windows 9 teased by Microsoft China; confirms name in the process

Is this what Microsoft is going with for a logo? We can't be sure, but it came from them.

It appears that Windows 9 is indeed going to be the next major OS from Microsoft if the above image, posted by Microsoft China has anything to say about it.

The Verge reports that Microsoft China, through it's Weibo account, posted a teaser today asking "Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?" with the above image accompanying the post.

Chinese site Cnbeta was able to grab the image and post details before it was pulled shortly after. Clearly a mistake by the Chinese Microsoft division, but the wording suggests Windows 9 is indeed "coming soon."

Although we can't be sure the Windows 9 logo image is official, the "9" made up of tiles does seem to tie in with the Modern UI philosophy, and is possibly a shout out to multiple desktops finally coming to the OS. 

Microsoft is expected to announce the Technical Preview of Windows Threshold on September 30th, and then, or shortly after it will be made available to the public.

Windows Threshold (or Windows 9) will see the return of the Start menu after its brief hiatus from Windows 8, and is expected to include windowed Modern apps as well as an overhaul of the Modern UI, currently known as Modern UI 2.0, that will make it more desktop friendly.

For more details and frequently asked questions on Windows Threshold, take a look at our "Answers to the questions you've been asking" article.

[Update] The image released by the Chinese arm of Microsoft is a wallpaper from a few months back made by a fan and is not an official image  With that being said, this is still an official Microsoft channel talking about Windows 9 which is a first for the company.

Source: The Verge via Cnbeta & Microsoft China | Image via Cnbeta

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Dozens of fake cell phone towers discovered eavesdropping on Android devices

Next Story

Nokia and collaborators to build 5G test network in Finland by early 2015

49 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Frankly, I think that's a brilliant logo for Windows 9. A simple logo for a simply named OS. That's how it should be.

More critical, will the very successful and device-appropriate UI of Windows-7 continue to be available as a user-selectable option on installation?

All these numbers give me a head ache. 7....8....8...1.....9... Whatever happened to using names. XP VISTA LONGHORN CODENAME ORANGE. AGENT ORANGE.

The logo is clearly a fake as exposed by a Hungarian IT news portal:

http://pcforum.hu/hirek/16418/Veletlenul+kiszivargott+a+Windows+9+logoja.html

It's from a free wallpaper pack that's been published back in January:

http://shydesigns.com/windows-9-wallpapers-2014-download-pack-1/

Neowin commenter 'Type 1 - This is going to be a loooong month.
Neowin commenter 'Type 2 - Tiles grrr I hate tiles!

Mugwump - Type 1 FTW!

Image Credit goes to me: http://shydesigns.com/windows-9-wallpapers-2014-download-pack-1/

Edited by Asad Zaman, Sep 2 2014, 10:33am :

There are also rumors that live tiles can be pinned on the desktop, I REALLY hope that's coming. Something like the weather tile on the desktop (ala Vista gadgets) would be awesome :D

Steven P. said,
There are also rumors that live tiles can be pinned on the desktop, I REALLY hope that's coming. Something like the weather tile on the desktop (ala Vista gadgets) would be awesome :D

Don't forget the talk about a updated taskbar that supports live tiles to, so they update on the taskbar and are not just static icons.

Steven P. said,
There are also rumors that live tiles can be pinned on the desktop, I REALLY hope that's coming. Something like the weather tile on the desktop (ala Vista gadgets) would be awesome :D

I haven't seen these rumors...?

Isn't the Taskbar already a space for things? This is the old conundrum of at-a-glance info panels either being not at-a-glance (e.g. StartScreen of Desktop based) or wasting screen-space in a reservation (i.e. Sidebars). I guess using the existing Taskbar reservation makes sense, but how? They tried with Longhorn - and how did that go..?

Mugwump00 said,
Isn't the Taskbar already a space for things? This is the old conundrum of at-a-glance info panels either being not at-a-glance (e.g. StartScreen of Desktop based) or wasting screen-space in a reservation (i.e. Sidebars). I guess using the existing Taskbar reservation makes sense, but how? They tried with Longhorn - and how did that go..?

Are you referring to the taskbar possibly supporting live tiles inside it? I don't see how much would change now other than the pinned modern apps you have to the taskbar or any open ones that show up there will support being updated instead of just being static icons like they are now, so they'll show and get notifications and maybe even flip. Heck maybe their little tab preview (when they're not running) could just be the expanded tile itself. There's a number of things they can add support for and it wouldn't get in the way of how you use the taskbar itself for day to day computing etc, just give you more information/functionality.

"Microsoft's latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?"

That made me think: will Microsoft accomodate those that have taskbar on top?

I want the more creative names back, I hate version numbers 7,7SP18,8.1,8.1,1,8.1 August Update, and now 9.
How about something like:
Windows 9: Golden Gate
or
Windows 9: Yosemite Falls
or
Windows 9: Grand Canyon

I doubt that will happen. People still think Windows XP is relevant because it has no descriptive name for the year or version. I suppose Microsoft has learned from that "mistake" and are still trying to get people off it.

ians18 said,
I want the more creative names back, I hate version numbers 7,7SP18,8.1,8.1,1,8.1 August Update, and now 9.
How about something like:
Windows 9: Golden Gate
or
Windows 9: Yosemite Falls
or
Windows 9: Grand Canyon

People would immediately draw comparisons to Apple's recent change from big cats to locations in California - I can't imagine Microsoft would want people doing that to be honest. Given how all the other products (Exchange, SQL, Office, etc) are all version numbered, surely Windows will continue along the same path.

Lindows 9*

Also windowed Modern apps sounds interesting. I stick to desktop mode so hopefully seeing current desktop apps get a Modern refresh will be interesting.

If you can't wait for Windows 9 preview (which may not even have Windowed modern apps or the Start menu initially) you can give ModernMix a go, it puts modern apps in windows :D I use it and it's great despite a few bugs here and there. For me, when Modern apps freeze or crash (seems to happen to me) after being open for very long, it causes ModernMix to "restart" explorer.exe, I have reported it.

As a very heavy desktop user that likes modern apps and doesn't have anything against the Start Screen and full-screen apps, I'm waiting for windowed apps since Windows 8 came out. This could be the best feature of Windows 9 for me and it will surely bolster modern app usage among desktop users.

I would like to have the excellent Mail, Contacts, OneNote, Twitter clients and many other apps in a window on the desktop. Can't come soon enough.

JHBrown said,
Hey, we all have different taste. Can't please everyone. ;-)

Just like how your quote looks hideous compared to mine and +MikeChipshop. But I mean, that's just my taste.

"Clearly a mistake" Nah, clearly marketing again. 'Leaks' have become the best way to garner interest in a product and they all know this.

MikeChipshop said,
"Clearly a mistake" Nah, clearly marketing again. 'Leaks' have become the best way to garner interest in a product and they all know this.

As long as they're controlled leaks then yeah, but before this we'd see Windows builds leaking out left and right. They've had a pretty tight grip on Windows 9/Threshold so far though and all we have is what we're told people have seen or what sources inside MS have told them.