Windows 9 Release Date: Latest Rumors Indicate Early 2015 as Leaked Video Shows Start Menu

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Windows 9 is expected to be unveiled on September 30, the date Microsft has announced a press event.

Screenshots and videos have been leaked for the upcoming operating system, including from Russian leaker WZOR.

The leaker posted information about Windows 9, reported the Myce blog.

“The version provided to the press will be automatically updated at September 30th and according to WZOR that update should activate several features of the operating system that weren’t available before the update,” it said.

“According WZOR Microsoft would also plan to distribute enterprise versions (volume licensing) and retail Windows 9 OEM Pro for tablet and desktop PC in one distribution. The Windows 9 OEM Preview versions should only become available to high volume partners.”

While Windows 9 will possibly be open to unlimited activation, it’s unclear whether a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be available.

Meanwhile, a leaked video posted by German blog WinFuture shows that Windows 9 will include the return of the start menu. Windows 9 will let users boot straight to the classic Windows desktop, as opposed to Windows 8 which only let users use the updated interface.

The video also indicates that users will be able to create and run multiple virtual desktops, a feature that’s been available for Mac users for some time.

The video also indicates that Windows 9 will include the Cortana personal assistant.

None of the details have been confirmed by Microsoft.

The latest release date rumors point to Windows 9 launching in early 2015, around the same time that the Windows Phone 9 hits stores.

“We expect Windows 9 to launch in PCs, laptops, tablets and phones that you can buy in April 2015 but Microsoft is likely to show it off – to some extent – on 30 September as it has now sent out invites to an event where it will outline ‘what’s next for Winodws and the enterprise’. Microsoft will reportedly show off a ‘Windows Technical Preview,'” reported PC Advisor.

A document circulating online indicates that the Windows 9 will be released in the second or third quarter next year.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.