Different reports point to different release schedules
Speaking at last year’s Build conference, then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that moving to a rapid release cadence was “fundamental to what we’re doing, and what we must to do to mobilize our ecosystem and our partners.” Since that proclamation, we’ve already seen the company release two updates (albeit of varying significance), and a third, presumably called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is rumored for release later this year. But what about next year?
If Chinese leaker “FaiKee” is to be believed, Microsoft is currently working on Windows 9, and the preview build could see the light of day sometime during the second or third quarter of 2015. To back up his claim, he posted a cropped screenshot of an alleged internal Microsoft document over at the My Digital Life forums.
However, as he later tweeted, most outlets seem to be having considerable trouble reading the time frame mentioned in the screenshot and are misreporting it: “It is Q2-Q3, not 02-03, nor Feb. 3, 2015. LOL (sic).”
By the bye, this is not the first Windows 9 release rumor that we’ve heard this year. Back in January, there seemed to be considerable confusion over the release of Windows 9 when noted Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott claimed that the OS was likely to debut in April 2015, only for mostly accurate Russian leaker “Wzor” to put forth an entirely different release date. The latter claimed that the Windows 9 RTM build was scheduled to begin shipping to OEMs in October 2014. As if that wasn’t enough, another veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley entered the discussion to dismiss Wzor’s claims as “inaccurate.”
“If it's real(couldn't see why it isn't), then you could scrap all previous win9 release speculations,” Faikee wrote in a post on MDL.