Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows 9 is expected to be announced in April 2015. After a disastrous response to Windows 8, the software giant badly needs to make a strong comeback with Windows 9 as Google Inc’s Chrome OS is gaining momentum. So far, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about details of its upcoming PC operating system. But the company may spill the beans next month at its Build developers conference.

Windows 9

Expect a full-fledged Start menu with Windows 9

According to Softpedia, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is closely working with testers and users to improve the features of Windows 9. Reports suggest that the Redmond-based company will bring back the full-fledged Start menu with Windows 9. Based on recent rumors around the operating system, Lodmot has developed a concept design for the Windows 9 interface.

His concept design shows a brand new Start menu and a familiar look that is friendlier to beginners as well as experienced users. The new Start menu provides quick access to recently used apps, while grouping Metro apps such as Weather and Skype. The designer said that, though it’s not shown in the picture above, users will be able to switch between the Start menu interface and full-screen Modern UI.

Windows 9 will allow you to control desktop and Modern apps with ease

Windows 9 is expected to feature a modern taskbar placed on the left side of the screen. It will allow you to control the desktop as well as Modern apps. The Start screen is also likely to see plenty of improvements such as gesture support to perform multiple tasks quickly. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will also include a bunch of other features to regain trust of desktop users.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said on February 14 that the company has sold more than 200 million licensed copies of Windows 8 OS since its launch in late 2012. But the release of Windows 9 should put Windows 8 to rest.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares surged 2.64% to $40.40 at 11:48 AM EDT on Friday. The upside movement was likely due to the launch of Office productivity suite on iPad.