Get Your Hands On Windows Threshold Preview In Late September
Microsoft is planning to release a “technology preview” of its new version of Windows in late September or early October, according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. This latest version is believed to be called Windows Threshold or Windows 9.
Windows Threshold will be released in spring 2015 but there will be a technology preview made available to try out the operating system and report bugs. Microsoft has been using this approach for all of their previous versions of Windows. They made three previews available before the release of Windows 8.
First, “Developer Preview” of Windows 8 was made available on September 13, 2011. Then a “consumer preview” was released on February 29, 2012. Windows 8 was finally released in October 2012.
Seems like Microsoft will be following the same approach. Apple uses this approach too. They release the preview versions of their operating systems for the consumers to try out and report bugs. This helps in testing of the software and eliminating bugs before the final release. This time they have even provided a feedback program to the consumers, which helps them in reporting bugs found while using preview of Mac OS X Yosemite Beta directly to Apple in just few clicks.
Microsoft won’t be delaying the successive releases of previews (if any) because they are planning to release this version of Windows as early as possible since they failed to make Windows 8.1 a success.
Windows Threshold is expected to be much better than the previous versions. According to rumors, Threshold will come with a number of interesting features like new mini Start menu and virtual desktop. But the most interesting feature is the integration of Cortana in Threshold environment. The new version of Windows will feature a desktop version of digital assistant Cortana.
Foley wrote in the blog post:
I had heard previously from my contacts that Microsoft was aiming to deliver a public preview of Threshold available to anyone interested toward the end of calendar 2014. I’m not sure if there’s still a plan to make a public consumer preview available at that time or if this “technical preview” is the only “preview” Microsoft will release before Threshold is released to manufacturing.
She believes that those who wish to install this technology preview of Threshold will be automatically receiving subsequent updates that will be released in coming months.