Screenshots of a early Windows 9-Threshold build may have been leaked

A website has posted a number of screenshots which they claim come from an early version of Threshold, the code name for the next version of Windows that may or may not be called Windows 9 when it is officially released.

The images come from a Germany-based site called and they show a build version number of 9834. The site claims that the build was created on September 8 and was sent out to a number of Microsoft partners on Wednesday. The images do show many of the features that are reportedly part of Threshold, including the new version of the desktop Start menu, a notification center, and feedback surveys.

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While these screenshots appear at first to be real, there are some weird things such as one screenshot showing Internet Explorer 11 running, rather than what we would assume would be IE 12. As always with these kinds of leaks from sources that have not proven to be reliable, take them with a grain of salt.

Microsoft is still expected to launch a public preview version of Threshold sometime in late September or early October, preceded by a press event on September 30, with the final version expected for launch in the spring of 2015. What is your opinion of these alleged screenshots?

Source: via Neowin

John Callaham