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So would this just be a preview or a launch. I'm a little confused by the verbage used. Beginning parts of the article talk about a launch but a preview is far from a launch.
What typically comes with a "preview version" of an OS? I had no idea Windows 9 was this close to launch already.
They start working on the next OS just before the launch of the Windows 8. They would have been working on it for about 2 yrs now.
"Launch" probably isn't the best word, it's more of an introduction. Based on what The Verge and its sources are saying, Microsoft will introduce its next OS (presumably called Windows 9) and demonstrate some of its features.
The preview release is a separate rumor and may or may not be related to the introduction. However, if Microsoft's going to offer a Windows 9 Release Preview (like it did with Window 8 - http://www.microsoft.com.../05-31windows8rppr.aspx) then there's a good chance they'll announce availability when introducing the OS.