Microsoft may release preview versions of Windows and Windows Phone 9 in early 2015

Microsoft may release preview versions of Windows and Windows Phone 9 in early 2015
Windows Phone 8.1 still hasn't pushed out in wide release, but that won't stop the rumor mill from looking into when we could expect to see Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9. There had been rumors saying that Microsoft might even try pushing out Windows 9 late this year, but that rumor had always seemed pretty unlikely. The new speculation puts a preview release of the next major update in early 2015.

The info comes from a leaked document that mentions a couple of interesting things. It labels both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 as having planned preview releases in "2015 Q2 - Q3", which is a pretty wide range that could mean anytime from April to September. Unfortunately, there is no word on what features are planned for either of those updates. It does mention that Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 are already in development though. There had been rumors before claiming that Windows 9 would be coming in April 2015, but it's unclear if that was just a good guess, or something connected to this info.

Another interesting note on the leak is that it shows something called "Windows 365" which is also labeled as being in "Alpha based on Windows Core", which was first mentioned about a week ago. The only connection that can be made is to Office 365, which is the subscription-based, cloud-powered version of Office. Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella has said that the company will be focusing on its cloud offerings and integrating its products through the cloud, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Windows itself would also be part of that plan. The fact that Windows 365 is "based on Windows Core" makes it sound like an operating system of some sort, but it's unclear what devices it would be for. Still, a subscription-based version of Windows has been rumored before, and this seems to be confirmation. 

source: MYCE via WinBeta

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34 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I suppose if I were at Microsoft Mobile and my sales just tanked 30% in one quarter, I would be talking up some fantastical Windows 9 vaporware.

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

MS....they are messing up on the desktop front. Dont keep having a new version of Windows on desktops if it isnt needed. They could have really stayed on 7 til now, maybe 8. There is a reason XP lasted so long...there really was no need for anything new til Vista came out. And say what you will...but Win 7 is Vista + Service Paks+ OS updates + tweaks. They are treating desktops like its mobile phones....this strategy is going to come back to haunt them if they dont be careful. WP9...this will be the real test for MS and mobile OS upgrades. If they dont have a wholesale change like from WP 7 to 8, they will be fine. If this subscription rumor for WP 9 means WP 8 users are left in the cold like WP7 users....they will constantly be in a distant 3rd place. All I know is I hope subscription based doesnt mean constant online check ins...ala Xbox One DRM, once every 24 hour online check in policy (before the reversals)...seeing how the XBO is suffering in sales, popularity....bringing that to mobile phones might be the death march for WP.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Desktop has always been in Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Update 1 has simplified and made 8.1 even more mouse friend I don't get bandwagon of hating Windows 8.1, sure many of the new features are more designed for touchscreens, but those features weren't Windows 7 either Just set it to boot to desktop, disable hot corners, and install a start menu and its basically Windows 7 Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 7 in basically every way, except maybe messy setting and Aero (the glass theme) removed

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As you mentioned Windows 8.1 settings are terrible. Windows 8.1 also forces a lot more integration with Microsoft services on users. Some of it is escapable, some of it is not. Windows 7 was the last version of Windows that was about the users, the customers. Windows 8 marked the beginning of a new era, where the OS is totally designed for Microsoft's goals.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You mean like every major OS out there? What can you not escape? Please let us know what you have to have in windows 8 that you cannot escape ms

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How do I remove IE? How can I make another browser take advantage of the OS for both speed and function? How can I change the UI or add to the UI? Oh that's right you can't.

24. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Every OS is now revolved around who makes them. The latest OSX requires an apple ID to operate or even android which requires you to create a google account. Sure Bing is going to be the preinstalled search engine along with all the other Bing services, those can be deleted just like any other bloatware. Windows is not the first OS designed with promoting the maker's other products.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft leaks info to say see we are going to update. See everyone we are updating. No features yet, because we have to see what Google and Apple are going to put in their OS's. That way we can put the same stuff in WP 9.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Windows Phone sales did not tank 30% , Nokia sales fell 30% which included its feature phones and Asha phones. Samsung also saw a decline as well as other Android OEM's. The larger story is that WP grew YOY tremendously.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong. WP sales declined in Q4 2013. Then in Q1 2014 Nokia's sales were down 30%. Also in Q1 2014 Nokia started to sell Nokia X devices. Also others have reported (IDC, Gartner) that WP sales have declined. Also the EU5 which was a WP strong hold have shown that WP declined in Europe by 20% for Q1 2014.

3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

My 1520 cannot wait

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

How do you know it's going to get WP9? WP7 devices only got lame 7.8 update and now they are 100% forgotten. So in Microsoft logic, your 1520 will get WP8.9.

6. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Microsoft promised 5 years support for WP 8 above devices ~

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It means buddy, ms will support version 8 or etc. for 5 years so means they will only give updates that version 8 hardware capable, if not than 8.9 or capable than 9.

12. aniqtheboyz

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

because Windows Phone 7 using Windows CE and Windows Phone 8 using the latest software named Windows NT which can support the latest processors like Snapdragon 800

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is Microsoft dude, not Google or Samsung.

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

for the 999999999th time ; WP7 devices didnt got WP8 because Microsoft changed the kernel from CE to NT (the one used in all Windows).

11. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Windows phone 8 devices get software and security updates until 2017 or so, I'd say that doesn't necessarily mean they'll see windows 9. Even if they don't get windows 9 however, getting security updates for so long is probably still 1000x better than hoping for security updates on just about any android device on the market currently, comparing cheapest windows phone to any level of android device. (moto E is promised only a single update, from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3, said so on Motorolas own website)

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Can't wait for Windows 9!

8. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

It seems everything is speeding up in MS camp. Good news n hope good days are ahead. Eagerly waiting.

13. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

WOW !! :)

14. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

It's all happening. All the MS/N doubters, did you all think that MS/N was just here to play around? They are here for the long haul, one foot in front of the other, but each step is getting bigger, phones and tablets, it won't stop. They will not stop until they are right up there breathing on the necks of IOS and Google. Remember that old expression, a sleeping giant has been awakened, well awakened it is. To all the true believers, sit back and enjoy the ride

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Very, very, very well said, my friend.. Very well said!

18. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Just get rid of that damn ugly tile interface. It is a proven fact that people despise it.

22. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I love tiles! Icons are for Android and iOS. When you see a tiled screen you know its a Windows. When you see an icon screen thats another story.

29. papss unregistered

Nope... What needs to go are the lame grid icon

30. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

How is it a proven fact exactly..? I side with chocowii as well, tile interface works for me.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No its not a proven fact, On the mobile front everyone from HTC one with its clone Blinkfeed, BB active frames, Samsung Magazine UX, Tizen homescreen, Huawei Emotion UI homescreen, Xperia Z homescreen that even have the Tiles flipping over just like on WP live Tiles proves that Icons are dying and Tiles are the flatter more modern homescreen.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I guess if you repeat it enough times....you hope, believe its true huh. Tiles, Cards were in use before WP came out....I guess since Palm, WebOS isnt around anymore....they are getting dismissed. Or Sony's Panel UI from years ago isnt used anymore it gets overlooked.

31. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Don't get me wrong... I love WebOS, but what tile interface was there that I missed?

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