Microsoft has sent out invites for a September 30th event that almost all reports indicate will give the technology community their first look at Windows 9.
The Verge, among other outlets, began receiving invitations for a September 30th event Microsoft is holding in San Francisco. An image from the invitation itself only invites outlets to “hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”
In the past month leaks concerning Windows 9 — the next major version of Windows — have been fast and furious. Leaked videos from WinFuture have shown all sorts of new features. Allegedly, the Cortana personal assistant that Microsoft added to Windows Phone back in April, is on its way to Windows. So is a unified notification center and new Start Menu that doesn’t take over the entire screen for users with a mouse and keyboard and no touch.
So far, leaks of entertainment features making their way to users in Windows 9 have been non-existent. That being said, it’s hard not to imagine that Windows 9 won’t include updated apps for listening to music and watching video. The Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps first debuted with Windows 8 back in 2012. Windows also boasts an assortment of games that allow users to earn Xbox Live achievements. It’s possible Microsoft could share more about its plans for gaming on Windows too. The Verge says that users can expect a Windows 9 Technical Preview to be available shortly after Microsoft’s September 30th event.
In addition to laptops and desktops, Windows 8 powers iPad-like Surface tablet’s and even the Xbox One.