Windows 9 Release Date: ‘Threshold’ Beta Launch Could be Delayed Until Next Month

By Larry Ong
Larry Ong
Larry Ong
Journalist
Larry Ong is a New York-based journalist with Epoch Times. He writes about China and Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore, where he read history.
September 22, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Windows 9 preview might not land this month after all. 

Microsoft is holding a “Windows event” in San Francisco on September 30, and it is expected to both reveal and distribute a “Windows Technical Preview” to enterprise customers and developers, according to The Verge

However, Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite recently said that the preview won’t be out “until October.” 

Still, if Microsoft delivers on what has been rumored about Windows 9 so far, it will be well worth the wait. 

Windows 9 should see the reintroduction of the Start menu, and will feature virtual desktops and a desktop version of the Cortana personal digital assistant app. 

Another feature that Windows users would welcome is the ability to update from one Windows 9 build to subsequent builds without having to reinstall Windows. This means that Windows can push out and introduce new updates at a much faster pace. 

In his article, Thurrott did mention that the Windows Technical Preview should see a Windows Insider Preview Program that grants users more “frequent preview builds and provide feedback to the company.” 

Thurrott writes: “Once you’ve signed up, you can use the Windows Feedback app to navigate through a menu of top-level choices (Recent Applications, Apps and Windows Store, Hardware and Devices, Download and Install, Internet Explorer, and so on) and then fine-tune it further (Mail, Maps, Messaging, Movie Moments, Music, etc.). You can search to see whether other Insiders have given similar feedback, add more details to that feedback, or start your own, adding text and screenshots as needed.

“Microsoft will even trigger Windows notification toasts to ask you for feedback as you use Windows. These notifications are triggered by specific events.”

Larry Ong
Journalist
Larry Ong is a New York-based journalist with Epoch Times. He writes about China and Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore, where he read history.