Newswires all across the land (and all across the Web) are crackling this week with sparse but still keenly appreciated details of Windows 9, which is said to be due for preview at Microsoft Build 2014 in April.
A special sneak peak preview for developers will put some color onto this iteration of the operating system, thought to be known as Windows "Threshold" at this stage.
Due for ultimate release sometime in 2015, Windows 9 represents the first major release of Windows under the purview of Terry Myerson, operating systems group vice president (he used to lead Windows Phone).
The somewhat adversely named "Threshold" is a wider initiative in that it should involve updates to all three OS platforms; i.e., Xbox One, Windows, and Windows Phone. As many readers will know, Windows 9 Threshold actually derived its name from the fictional universe in the Halo video game series.
Developers will not get a pre-alpha release of Windows 9 (or any other form of release) as development is thought to not have officially commenced at this time.