[RUMOR] Information on Windows 8.2, Windows 9 and Windows (Cloud) 10

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The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is already available to users and as things go, its time to look to the future and to what comes next. There have already been rumors and speculation on Windows 9 and even reports suggesting that Windows 10 will be a "full cloud based operating system." Now a new report sheds some light on Microsoft's future plans for their primary desktop operating system.

According to the report Microsoft will roll out another update to Windows 8.1 (Update 2) sometime in September of this year, during the Autumn season. Microsoft may refer to this update as Windows 8.1 Update 2 or may even call it Windows 8.2, as there appears to be some sort of heated internal discussion on what to call it. Microsoft is expected to roll out the Start Menu, showcased during Build 2014, in this update.

Microsoft will also release some sort of next generation Metro interface with Windows 9, which could refer to the interactive Live tiles we recently got a glimpse of. The Start button will also be present in Windows 9, on devices without a touchscreen and on server systems. The Start button will be a tad bit different on touch devices, but no details were given. The report claims that Microsoft may offer Windows 9 for free, but that is still being discussed (and is somewhat unlikely).

Microsoft is apparently working on a prototype operating system called Windows Cloud. This is rumored to be an operating system that requires an internet connection for full functionality. While in offline mode, the operating system would be similar to Microsoft’s budget operating system, Windows Starter, offering basic functionality. It is unknown if this Chrome OS like version of Windows will become Windows 10. With the new CEO's background in cloud computing its not far from a possibility.

Keep in mind that all of the above mentioned information is based on rumors and should not be considered as facts. Microsoft has not offered any details on whats coming in the next update to Windows but we will make that information available to our readers as soon as it is made available.

Meanwhile we encourage you to share your thoughts with us on what you think about these reports and rumors on Windows 9 and Windows 10.

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