There are lots of rumors and leaks are doing rounds in the internet surrounding the release of Windows 9, which is also called as Windows Threshold. It is almost certain that the Windows 9 Operating System will come out next year and the reports suggest that the RTM of the Windows Threshold and the special build is sent to the OEMs and the final version of the OS will be sent out to several computer manufacturers this fall.
There are some leaked images on Windows Threshold which you can see below. You can see from the below image that the start menu is finally returned back to the Windows 9 Desktop version. But this is quite different from what we have seen in April before the Windows 8.1 release. The new start menu combines Live Tiles from Windows Phone version with refined start menu which we find in Windows 7. It is expected that we can customize the Start menu which we are able to do in Windows 8.x Start screen.
Windows Threshold looks like the Modern Metro app running on the desktop mode which is not possible with any of Windows 8.x version. One of the images shows the modern PC settings featuring the desktop background in the back. Microsoft with the Windows 8.1 version made the OS more convenient fro the traditional keyboard and mouse users.
As per the new reports, Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant which is exclusively available for the Windows Phone devices is now to be introduced to the Windows Desktop version also. The new refurbished task bar is also set to introduce with Windows Threshold and the new task bar will no longer be static and it is to have small tiles. Coming to the Cortana, it is not really surprising as it is coming to desktop, because Microsoft has recently released the video regarding the Louise which is predecessor to Cortana. The video shows that it is working on the Windows 8 powered tablet and it hints that Cortana is soon coming to desktop.