Microsoft exec: 'Windows 9' to be announced next week


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Although Microsoft is widely expected to reveal Windows 9 next week, the company is staying tight-lipped on its exact plans for the September 30 press event.

Unfortunately, Microsoft France President Alain Crozier didn't get the memo. Speaking at a press event on Tuesday, Crozier said Microsoft would reveal “Windows 9” next week. His comments were first spotted by WPCentral, and TechCrunch confirmed that the translation from French was accurate.

Microsoft's official line about the September 30 event is that relates to “what’s next for Windows [including] information geared toward technical and enterprise customers.”

But given the high volume of leaked screenshots and videos over the last several weeks, it's highly unlikely that Windows 9 isn't the topic of conversation. As for the name of the operating system, there's been some speculation that Microsoft might ditch the number scheme and go with plain old “Windows,” but Crozier's comments suggest otherwise.

Of course, Microsoft is officially backpedaling on his remarks, telling ZDNet France that there isn't a name yet. That can't be true, but what else can you say when carefully-laid PR plans go awry?

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