The next version of Windows could launch next year, bringing back a version of the Start Menu, adding support for virtual desktops, removing the Charms Menu, and generally improving the user experience for keyboard and mouse users, among other things.
But Microsoft likes to test its software extensively before releasing it to the public… and for the last few major releases the company has offered a preview or beta version that users can help test.
Now it looks like the first preview of the next version of Windows, code-named “Threshold” could launch as soon as September or October.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web. You can keep up on the latest news by following Liliputing on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
- Preview of the next version of Windows due in late Sept/early Oct
It’ll probably be called something more like Windows 9 by the time it actually launches. [ZDNet]
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 docking station now available in US and Canada
Want to use your 12 inch tablet like a desktop? There’s a dock for that. [Microsoft]
- These might be the specs for the Moto X+1
If these benchmark results are really for Motorola’s next phone and they’re accurate, we can expect a phone with a 5.2 inch, 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. It’s basically a Nexus 5 on paper, but I suspect Motorola might have some software tricks to reveal. [Droid Life]
- If these Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs are right, this phone might make a decent PC
Looking for something a bit more powerful? The Galaxy Note 4 is said to have 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, up to 64GB of storage, and a 16MP camera, among other features. [Phandroid]
- Yet again, Goophone clones a phone that’s not yet released
It looks kinds of like some of the leaked images we’ve seen… but it doesn’t really have the specs to match. [GizChina]
- Report: Sony Smartwatch 3 won’t use Android Wear, will feature a square design and new UI
Sony’s been making smartwatches for longer than most major tech companies. A third-generation model is due this year, and like earlier models it’s expected to feature Sony’s custom user interface… not the Android Wear software that rivals like Asus, LG, and Motorola are using for their smartwatches.[Digi-Wo]
- Google Chrome browser is getting Chrome OS-like user switching
Chrome OS lets multiple people create profiles on the same device so all they have to do is login to access their apps and settings. The latest dev and canary channel builds of the Chrome browser for other operating systems now has a similar feature. [TNW]
- Nobody dumps ice water on their heads like Bill Gates dumps ice water on his head
This week an awful lot of people have been pouring cold water on themselves in an effort to raise awareness (and money) for the ALS Association which funds research and care. Bill Gates did it with more flair than most. [YouTube]