According to the rumor mill, Microsoft may be planning to reintroduce the Start Menu with Windows 8.2 sometime in autumn. If the information is correct, this will be the last upate to the Windows 8 family before Microsoft moves on to Windows 9.
According to a message spotted and translated by Myce, Microsoft plans to launch Windows 8.2 as early as the autumn. The release is expected to be the last update to the Windows 8 family, with the next launch being Windows 9 and bringing with it even more serious changes to the divisive user interface first introduced in Windows 8.
Windows 8.2, like Windows 8.1 before it, will be released as a free upgrade for all Windows 8 family customers. The WZOR group has claimed that it has received conflicting reports that Windows 9 will also be a free upgrade for Windows 8.2 users, with Microsoft echoing the upgrade path of Apple's recent OS X Mavericks; others speaking to the group have claimed that it will be a paid-for release, with heavy discounts available for early adopters upgrading from the Windows 8 family.
Microsoft is also said to be working on Windows Cloud, a virtualized version of Windows designed for the extreme low-end market to compete with Google's Chrome OS. Windows Cloud will reportedly be free if you only need core functionality but will require a subscription fee for more advanced applications.