With Windows 8 in the bag and set to be released to consumers in October, all signs now point to the future version of Windows. Trivial as it may be, I decided to do some research to see if I could find references for the code name of the next version of Windows. In the past, Microsoft was fond of using the names of cities and locales as code names for Windows, but things changed in Windows 7 (also code-named “Windows 7″) with a shift to a numerical code name. That carried through to Windows 8 (also code-named “Windows 8″), and now, it appears it will once again hold true for… (wait for it… wait for it)… Windows 9!

Yes, it appears the code name for the next version of Windows is, indeed, Windows 9. And my source for this indubitable goodness? Just a handful Microsoft employees, is all.

First, a release manager mentions Windows 9 in his LinkedIn profile. Notice its mention alongside Windows 8, thus lending more weight to the reference implying the version of Windows following Windows 8:

Windows 9

Next, a software development engineer (SDE) mentions Windows 9 in his profile with a position start date of June 2012:

Windows 9

Additionally, a senior product manager has Windows 9 listed alongside Windows 8 as a skill in his profile:

Windows 9

And, last of note (for the time being, at least), we catch but an infinitesimal glimpse of one aspect Microsoft will apparently be focusing on for Windows 9 planning: identity, as related to enterprise and consumer markets, both on PC and online. Notice the mention of “Windows.next” as being separate from Windows 8, which is also mentioned. Here’s what a senior product planner has to say about Windows 9 (or “Windows.next”) in her profile:

Windows 9

To note, “Windows Next” (and variations thereabout, such as “Windows.next” and “Windows vNext”) became a generic moniker used internally to reflect future versions of Windows, beginning with Windows 7. As you can see in this rather comical mention from a senior product planner’s profile, some simply prefer using it:

Windows 9

Despite my logic in all cases above, as always, there are the generic caveats of this information not being official, and therefore, subject to scrutiny/change; however, if the links in this post die or no longer reflect what I’ve evidenced, then that’s a pretty good sign of Microsoft confirming its validity.

It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t care less about Windows 8 at the moment, but now that I’m already seeing signs of life for mentions of Windows 9, consider me back at the helm to bring some tasty morsels of information to the community. And as I noted in my previous post, MSFTKitchen will be undergoing a massive overhaul in the near future as I pick back up with things, so stay tuned! In the mean time, let me hear from you either in the comments below or via email. Thanks for reading!

-Stephen

61 Comments

  1. Let’s hope the Desktop gets a bit more love in Windows 9. Keep up the good work!

  2. improve the desktop experience for god’s sake. they completely abandoned it with this version. no improvements to the taskbar.they removed the ”show desktop” button. i was expecting some from of native staks for the taskbar,multiple desktops. right now they took all of the bauty out of the windows when they abandoned aero.

  3. FAKE REPORT!!!!

  4. its hilarious that they already plan win9 when 8 wasn’t even tested on people
    and in same time its disgusting that they simply massively stamp OS’es
    without any proper thinking what they should be

    microsoft = circus

  5. Unfortunately, I have been playing with Windows 8 for a couple of days now, received it fom my MSDN account. So far, no good. Maybe it will take me a little time to get used. I can’t see rolling this out to my clients, not now anyways.

  6. Nice! I have been looking for this information , thanks for posting.

  7. @viktor von d. Ummm have you even used Windows 8? Or are you just claiming you know these things? First off the show desktop button is still there. Right where it was before, bottom right hand corner, to the right of the date and time. Click there and amazingly it shows the desktop, WOW! It really surprises me that so much of what people are complaining about is either 1) not true in the first place or 2) they haven’t even tried it but decide to complain anyway.

    On the other hand though there are some legitimate concerns about Windows 8, but quite honestly it works much better. I have been using Windows 8 on my laptop since January 2012. At first I absolutely hated it I couldn’t find anything and couldn’t figure out how to do some stuff. But after about a month I figured it out and would never even dream of going back. I have been using it for almost 8 months now and absolutely love it!

  8. confirmed abt windows next version 9(blue).. this nt fake.. they r developers not users

  9. Wow! They’ve onlt just realease win8. I got win7 when it was fairly new

  10. it should not take a month to learn a OS from windows it should take less then 5min. This is sad i’ve been using windows 8 on my laptop(final build) and it is unstable as well and Surface tablets are not compatible with old software so why is the desktop app on a tablet when cleary like xp tablet edition that environment does not work on tablets. And then we have metro where that environment may be suitable for tablets but when it comes to desktops and laptops its useless and lowers multitasking performance.

    So the desktop app is useless on tablets(which old software doesn’t even work on)
    And Metro is useless on desktop/laptops

    1 update can fix both worlds instead watch the market share of windows 8 become less then vista.

  11. Windows 6 (VIsta) follows roman numerical naming styled to make a word. Do you think 9 (IX____) will follow too?. Posibble?

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