Microsoft should release the Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 preview builds in 2015.
Despite Windows Phone 8.1 still not yet being widely available, Microsoft is already beavering away on Windows Phone 9, which should arrive in early 2015.
A leaked internal Microsoft document obtained by Myce mentions that the planned preview releases for both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 lie in Q2 – Q3 2015.
This is quite a wide launch window, as that means we could see the previews arrive anywhere between April and September next year.
Earlier rumours pegged the Windows 9 release date for April at the next Microsoft Build Developers’ Conference, so this document certainly adds weight to those rumours.
Within the leaked document is also reference to something called Windows 365, which is labelled as being “alpha based on Windows Core”.
Microsoft already has Office 365, its cloud-powered, subscription version of Office, so this Office 365 may be connected in some way.
Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO, said the company is going to heavily focus on its cloud offerings and will integrate more products with the cloud going forward.
Windows 365 could be an operating system of some sorts, but the leaked document doesn’t state what devices this could be for. Could it be a subscription version of Windows?
Microsoft previously confirmed that it is looking to achieve total operating software convergence in the future, making Windows appear the same on all platforms.
It took a huge step towards this goal in April when announcing “universal Windows apps”. This allows developers to create apps that work across all Windows devices, whether that be Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 or even the Xbox One.
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