The Microsoft rumor mill became reality in France.
Reports are blowing up on the Web that a French Microsoft executive revealed Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next Tuesday.
"Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we'll be releasing Windows 9," Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France and a vice president of Microsoft International, said during a company presentation.
Ever since Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for Sept. 30 in San Francisco, rumors have been circulating that it would mark the next major release of Windows.
But no one wants to have the thunder of a secret press conference spontaneously dashed by the mutterings of an international VP. So naturally, the Redmond, Wa. software giant went into backtrack mode immediately, telling ZDNet in a statement, "We look forward to seeing you in late September in San Francisco for the future of Windows, which actually at this stage does not have a name as such."
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Whatever happens, Crozier will go down as the first Microsoft executive to publicly refer to the next update as Windows 9.
In April, Microsoft released a bigger, more comprehensive package of improvements to Windows 8.1 called the Windows 8.1 Update, officials said, adding it did the same for Server with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update.
Microsoft officials said last month that their goal is to "continue to deliver improvements to Windows through regular updates in order to respond more quickly to customer and partner feedback. After all, we already have a regular monthly update process that includes security and non-security updates."
Microsoft's press relations did not immediately return a request for comment this morning from CMSWire.
UPDATE: Late this morning, a Microsoft press representative responded to CMSWire and issued the following statement regarding the comments made by VP of Microsoft France:
“On September 30, we will be providing an update on what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”