The news comes via Winsupersite, which states that Microsoft will make the announcement at this year's Build conference in April 2014. The new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system is planned to launch in April 2015. Is Microsoft backtracking on the failures of Windows 8?
The Build conference will apparently be heavily focused on Windows Phone 8 and Xbox but the biggest news will no doubt be surrounding the Threshold Windows update. The software giant will make its first 'vision' announce since 2003.
Build will take place shortly after Microsoft's internal restructuring following the retirement of long-term CEO, Steve Ballmer. See also: Microsoft to ditch on operating system: all bets on Windows RT.
Paul Thurrott of Winsupersite said: "To distance itself from the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft is currently planning to drop the Windows 8 name and brand this next release as Windows 9. That could change, but that's the current thinking."
Microsoft won't give developers an early alpha release of Threshold at Build 2014 because it will not go into production until after the conference. The firm will release a service pack type update to Windows 8.1 this year called Update 1 (aka GDR1). See also: Is Windows RT dead?
Threshold, or Windows 9, is looking like the version of the OS which will herald the return of the Start menu and will add the ability to run Metro Modern UI apps on the desktop alongside regular software.
If Microsoft does end up releasing Threshold as Windows 9, it will only be further confirmation that Windows 8 was the next Vista.