Microsoft schedules event, Windows 9 preview expected

Windows finds itself smack dab in a period of transition right now. Users are shifting away from desktop PCs and even laptops to more mobile devices like tablets, to say nothing of smartphones themselves. And as this move continues, Windows becomes a more interesting operating system to us and our mobile focus. Windows 8 already saw tablets playing a major role, but missteps with RT and the lack of a cohesive Microsoft app ecosystem didn’t do the platform any favors. We’re already looking forward to what’s next from Microsoft, and today we see invitations go out for an event that could help lay down the groundwork for changes to come, as the company plans what’s rumored to be a Windows Technical Preview announcement.

Rather than a full-on Windows 9 launch, this September 30 event is expected to introduce devs to some of the broader changes in store for the operating system as Microsoft gears up for this new release. Eagerly awaited refinements to the UI may not be ready to share just yet, but the company will likely still talk about many of the adjustments that it intends to make, while also hooking developers up with access to this Technical Preview release.

For our part, we’ll be curious to see what this all means on the tablet side of things, and while it’s not clear if this event will have any kind of major smartphone component, we could still pick up on some important news concerning where the platform is headed – and certainly, we’ll be curious to see if Microsoft is still mentioning Windows Phone, or if it’s already moving to something more like “Windows for phones.”

Source: The Verge

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