Windows 9 Release Date, Beta: Rumored as a Free Update

August 5, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

 Windows 9 will reportedly ship sometime in 2015, but there’s unlikely rumors saying it might come in the fall of 2014.

The latest Microsoft OS is rumored to be a free update for users of other Windows platforms, according to

The magazine said that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 haven’t done especially well for Microsoft, and they’re causing problems for the company much like Windows Vista did about a decade ago.

“There are rumors Microsoft is planning to offer Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users some kind of deal — possibly even a free upgrade to Windows 9 — in order to get them to move to the latest Windows version once it’s out next year,” wrote Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet.

Foley has said that Windows 9 might arrive in spring 2015.

“From what my sources are saying, Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 later this fall. There are some who believe the company could opt to deliver one more update to Windows 8.1 that would include some new features, possibly this fall. (The idea in doing this would to be to establish a ‘servicability’ cadence pattern.),” she also wrote.

One of the biggest changes for the Windows 9 is the return of the Start menu and will be tiled, according to

“This tiled, Metro-like menu will offer quick access to apps and information. It’s a nice compromise by Microsoft, bringing back the old, but adapting it to meet the changing times and gently edging users into the future of a tiled interface (which works very, very well on Windows Phone) instead of forcing them into it completely, a mistake it made with Windows 8,” the website writes.