Windows 9: New Leak Claims It Could Be Free

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s upcoming Windows 9 is speculated to arrive in the first quarter of 2015. The software giant is already working on the next-gen OS after the Windows 8 debacle. An image leaked by popular Chinese leaker FaiKee shows that the Redmond-based company is working on many versions of Windows 9. And the best part is that the operating system could be free of charge for existing Windows users.

Besides Windows 9, Microsoft has a number of products in queue

FaiKee has a fairly good track record of leaking tech information that turns out to be true. The leaked image clearly shows that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trying to create “one user experience” across most of its devices. The software giant is also working on a mobile Windows Phone 9. The report claims that Satya Nadella could soon launch Windows 365, a cloud-based operating system with a similar name as its Office 365.

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Windows 9

The leaked screenshot lists current products like Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 as well as upcoming ones like Office 2015 and Windows 8.1 Update 2. But the Update 2 is blanked out, providing no information on its possible release date. Rumors speculate that the second update to Windows 8.1 should arrive in September or October. It describes Windows 365 as an “alpha based on Windows Core.” It’s still unclear what features the cloud version will offer. Some reports suggest that it will need an Internet connection full functionality, but will act  as a basic OS when in offline mode.

Will Windows 9 re-establish Microsoft’s glory?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is under pressure to forget the Windows 8 disaster and bounce back with an impressive Windows 9 that consumes would love. The software giant will have to clean up the mess, streamline and simplify the Windows 8 to come up with the next generation. Users expect a full-fledged Start menu with Windows 9, and they want a choice to disable the Modern UI completely.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares fell 0.26% to $40.31 at 10:32 AM EDT on Wednesday.