Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is currently readying up to publicly talk about the next major version of Windows, currently codenamed Threshold.
This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th.
Windows Threshold is expected to be called Windows 9 when it ships in 2015, however Microsoft is still far from announcing any set name.
This early technology preview will give developers a first look at some of the new rumored features like mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes.
There is also speculation that Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana might end up in the finished product even though it is not clear that it will be available in time for the September preview.
Once again, the date that has been announced is the 30th of September 2014.
A few points for investors to consider.
This is a good development because it will give investors an early feel for the Operating System to come.
Investors should immediately start to pay attention to the coverage from technology blogs. They are usually a good barometer of the reception of the product from the public.
The features Microsoft decide to announce will be an indication about whether the business community can rally around this new release.
Microsoft may also announce the pricing model for the next version of Windows.
As has been pointed out ad nauseam on Seeking Alpha, Microsoft as a business has been doing well without Windows but in many ways this release is make or break for Redmond.
It will determine to a great extent whether Windows can deliver enough innovation to remain a profit center or will move toward a free trojan horse model.
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