A little over two years since they released Windows 8 to the market, and Microsoft are gearing up for the next stage of their operating systems. Currently codenamed Threshold (which sounds vaguely sinister to us, albeit we’re not entirely sure why), Windows 9 has apparently already been shared with Microsoft’s closest partners, and should be available to the public some time in October.

Much like the release of Windows 8, we should expect version 9.0 to arrive somewhat incomplete, as the mass public use of the operating system will allow Microsoft to refine and update the system as they go along, but the one new addition that we’re all interested in trying out is the arrival of Cortina, which is basically Microsoft’s answer to Siri.

A few other superficial and user-friendly changes are also in the pipeline – removal of that awful Charms banner, addition of a “Metro style” floating userface, etc – so expect to see more on this new OS in the not-too-distant future right here on this very website, no less!

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