Microsoft is expected to announce some details of its next version of Windows — referred to in news outlets and blogs as “Windows 9” — at an event in San Francisco on Sept. 30.
Microsoft sent out invitations Monday, but declined to say whether the event will mark the official debut of Windows 9.
The company said only that the event is an update for press and analysts at which Microsoft will discussing “what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”
The discussion will be led by Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, and Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the group.
For Microsoft, much rides on the shoulders of the next version Windows. For one thing, the company needs to win back enterprise customers who didn’t find Windows 8 particularly appealing for business use.
“The next major release of the Windows client system has to be suitable for corporate users,” IDC analyst Al Gillen said in an earlier Seattle Times story on what’s at stake with Windows 9.
“The problem with Windows 8 has been that initially it was such a radically different experience, especially for power users who really needed applications that lived in the Windows 7 [desktop] environment,” Gillen said. “It was not inviting to business customers.”