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Microsoft China accidentally posted about Windows 9 on Weibo, a Chinese social media equivalent to Facebook. It posted a status asking followers for their opinion on Windows 9, despite Microsoft officially not having made any previous comments on the new OS. The ‘announcement’ is accompanied by a Windows 9 logo mock-up by Shy Designs.

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Image Credit: http://siliconangle.com/

“Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a comeback?”

The post is quickly removed, but not before being noticed by fans. Microsoft was projected to announce Windows 9 at the end of September of early in October in lieu with removing Windows 7 from the shelves in October 31, 2013. The strangest thing was, the name of Windows’ new operating system was never confirmed – until now.

Windows 7
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Meanwhile, the mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2015. Microsoft will continue to provide the essential security updates and patches for Windows 7 until 2020, though, so worry not Windows 7 users. Windows 9 is a welcomed replacement, considering how much users seem to abhor Windows 8. Windows 9 is projected to bring back the familiarity users have lost (and lamented about losing) in Windows 8.

What We Know So Far

Earlier last month, a rumoured leaked photograph of a screenshot from the company’s unreleased operating system made its way online. It features the coveted Start Menu, which also contains familiar aspects of Windows 8 such as the small, square boxes including information such as the weather and news headlines.

According to International Business Times, Microsoft is also experimenting with ‘virtual desktops’, where a single monitor would allow users to move between different deskops. There’s even a possiblity of it including Cortana, the virtual assistant that was released on the Windows Phone to rival that of their closest competitors, though some sources say otherwise.

Image Credit: Tech Crunch
Image Credit: Tech Crunch

While Microsoft has confirmed that they will be launching a technical preview for the Windows 9 on September 30th, TechCrunch says that Microsoft will be providing some partners with access to Windows 9 before public release. Hopefully that means more leaked information about the operating system.

It’s a pretty interesting month, with Samsung phablets, three new Lumias, and a brand new iPhone to be released, Windows 9 would be a great way for September to go out with a bang – if it lives up to expectations. And after what they did to Windows 8, they definitely have to.

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