We’re less than 24 hours away from Microsoft’s special Windows event. After a mixed reception to Windows 8, Microsoft has invited members of the media to "hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise."
The software maker is expected to detail upcoming changes to Windows at the event, including the return of the Start Menu, a new virtual desktops feature, and a number of new changes to the traditional desktop area of Windows. It’s an event that will focus on power users and enterprise customers, and should give us an early look at what to expect from what many are calling Windows 9.
Microsoft will deliver an early "Windows Technical Preview" in early October that will be updated regularly with new features for enterprise customers and enthusiasts to test ahead of a full launch next year. While Microsoft has been hinting at its future Windows naming, it’s expected to announce the official name of the next version of Windows at its event.
That will likely be Windows 9, but the company may also opt for just Windows or an entirely different brand. If Microsoft doesn’t name its next version of Windows tomorrow, then it will likely refer to it as just "Windows Threshold" or "Windows TH," the codename the company uses internally. Microsoft’s small event won’t be a product launch or a big unveiling, instead it’s more of a chance for the company to prove to loyal Windows users that things are changing.
We’ll be live from San Francisco tomorrow morning at 10AM PT / 1PM ET.
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Here's when the live event kicks off in your time zone:
- 10:00AM - Pacific
- 11:00AM - Mountain
- 12:00PM - Central
- 1:00PM - Eastern
- 5:00PM - GMT
- 6:00PM - London
- 7:00PM - Paris
- 9:00PM - Moscow
- 1:00AM (September 30th) - Hong Kong
- 2:00AM (September 30th) - Tokyo
- 3:00AM (September 30th) - Sydney