Report: Windows Threshold public beta is indeed coming this fall

Hoping to sample the next major version of Windows? You may get your chance sooner than you think.

Last week, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported that a public beta of Windows Threshold could be in the cards for this fall. Today, Foley is back with word from multiple sources that a Windows Threshold "technology preview" is indeed coming—and Microsoft plans to have it out "by late September or early October."

Citing another source she claims is reliable, Foley adds that the tech preview will be "public and available to all those interested." There may be no restrictions on who gets to install it, in other words. That said, folks who jump on board may have to agree to monthly updates following the initial preview release.

This wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has previewed a new Windows release with the general public. In early 2012, we were treated to Consumer Preview and Release Preview builds of Windows 8, which gave us front-row seats to the unfortunate rise of the Modern UI interface.

The spectacle may be a happier one with Windows Threshold. The latest rumors suggest that, on desktop PCs, Threshold will retire the Modern UI Start screen, kill the Charms bar, reinstate the Start menu, and put Modern UI apps inside windows. Threshold may be the update Windows 7 fans have been waiting for.

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