Tom's Hardware claims Microsoft will reintroduce the Start Menu with the Windows 8.1 Update 3. The second Windows 8.1 Update is expected to be published later this summer, probably in August or September, and according to the rumor mill Windows 8.1 Update 3 won't follow until Spring 2015!
The anonymous source claims Windows 8.1 Update 3 may be published in April 2015 while Windows 9 should follow in June 2015. Interestingly, the site also claims that Windows 9 will be available for free to anyone who updated to Windows 8.1 Update 3.
Popular Windows leaker WZOR reports that Update 2 will be free to Windows 8.1 Update 1 users, and sold to all other Windows customers at an "affordable price." The same holds true for Windows 9: customers who upgraded to Update 3 will get the new OS for free. That sounds a bit "off," as Microsoft made Windows 7 users pay $40 for the Windows 8 upgrade when it was first released. Then again, we've heard this "free" argument before, as Microsoft supposedly wants everyone on the newest version.