Microsoft will release something it calls a technical preview of Windows 9 at the end of this month.
The word on the street is that Windows 9 will include the start menu – and it might not be called Windows 9. The beta is due to be supplied with a single beta.
According to PC Advisor, the preview version will come between the second quarter and the third quarter next year. There will be versions available for smartphones, for PCs and for tablets.
Web site Winbeta said that Microsoft is going to dump the so-called “charms bar”, an annoying menu that comes in from the right hand side of the screeen with buttons to search, share and the like.
The word on the street appears to be that Windows 9, or whatever it’s called, will use 64 bit processors only, although that could present a problem for heaps of people.