Following the release of Windows 8 to manufacturing, Microsoft is expected to shift its entire focus on the release of the next flavor of the operating system, supposedly set to hit shelves as Windows 9.
No official confirmation on the platform’s availability has been provided as of yet, but rumor has it that Microsoft is already underway with the development process.
Some of the company’s employees have already updated their social networking profiles to reflect that, yet no specific info on the OS has been provided yet.
However, leaked info that emerged over at ithome suggests that the platform will sport the codename of Windows Blue.
We already learned that it might be called internally Windows 9 or Windows Next (or vNext), which did not come too much as a surprise.
After all, Microsoft did use to refer to Windows 8 as Windows vNext at one point, and has been calling it Windows 8 ever since the Developer Release landed last September.
The Windows Blue codename, on the other hand, sounds intriguing. With no official confirmation on it, we’ll have to take the info with a grain of salt for the time being.
Of course, there is a lot to learn about Windows 9, starting with the enhancements that Microsoft might pack it with, and going all the way to what logo it will choose for the OS.
Windows 8 came with an emblem that moved far away from the traditional Windows logo we were used with, and Windows 9 might follow the trend.
At the same time, it should be interesting to learn what build number Windows 9 will sport when launched, especially with Windows 8 RTM brought up to build 9200, although it was initially expected to land as 8888.
If Microsoft already started the work on the new platform release, it certainly began at build 9000, though we might see the final release somewhere in the 9400 – 9600 – 9800 range, win8china suggests.
For many, Windows 8 might not look like their next platform of choice, especially for those fond of traditional mouse and keyboard input methods. Hopefully, if they won’t change their mind soon, Windows 9 will offer them viable option to fall in love with Microsoft’s platform once again.