Alain Crozier, who is the President of Microsoft France, has allegedly referred to the next version of Windows as Windows 9. To this point, Microsoft had not publicly acknowledged that this will be the name of Redmond’s next consumer OS, which has been code-named “Threshold.”
“Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we’ll be releasing Windows 9,” Crozier said. These words were reportedly uttered just days before Microsoft’s event in San Francisco, which will be held on September 30.
While Microsoft has acknowledged that enterprise-related topics will occupy a significant portion of the presentation, it is not unreasonable to assume that we’ll see a Windows 9/Threshold reveal at this event as well.
Since then, Nicolas Petit, another Microsoft France exec, issued a statement to ZDNet.fr regarding the matter. He also denied that the next version of Windows has a name at this point.
“We look forward to seeing you in late September, in San Francisco, for the future of Windows, which actually at this stage does not have a name as such,” Petit said, according to the translated text.
What’s particularly interesting is that, the translation of what Crozier said indicates that Microsoft will be releasing Windows 9. Revealing is one thing, but a release next week could begin to wipe away the malaise brought about by Windows 8.
We assume that Crozier was referring to a public beta release, as opposed to a full launch. The launch of a Windows 9 public preview slated for this fall has been rumored for quite some time, along with a full release to occur around the Spring of 2015.