Microsoft now focused on Windows 9, ‘unlikely’ to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 (rumor)

Rumors have been circulating the internet about a possible third update to Windows 8.1. A new report is now suggesting that Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update, as the focus is now on Windows 9, the company’s next operating system.

With Update 2 for Windows 8.1 set for August 12th, which is just four months since the release of Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Microsoft now has its sights set on Windows 9. The report comes from Major Jo Foley, who is well known for her insider sources. 

“From what my sources are saying, Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 later this fall. There are some who believe the company could opt to deliver one more update to Windows 8.1 that would include some new features, possibly this fall. But others said the operating systems team is leaning toward putting all the wood behind the Windows 9 arrow, while continuing to deliver small monthly updates and fixes to Windows 8.1 until Windows 9/Threshold arrives,” Mary Jo Foley stated.

Microsoft has yet to offer any details about Windows 9 (codename Threshold), however, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft may offer Windows XP, Vista, or 7 users some sort of incentive for upgrading to the latest operating system, Windows 9. Perhaps even offering these users a free upgrade.

Windows 9 is rumored for release next year and will see the return of the Start Menu, a feature that was once pegged for Windows 8.1 Update 2, among other improvements.