The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured another hell on earth yarn which suggests that Microsoft plans to release another version of Windows next year.
The word on the street is that the Voles are beavering away on Windows 9 which will hit the streets a year from November next.
It is not clear why anyone will feel the need to upgrade to Windows 9 before Windows 8 takes off. Many users are in the same boat as us deciding that Windows 7 is good enough. Others even think that a line should be drawn at Windows XP.
The source of the rumours is Win8China, which has provided several good Windows leaks in the past. It said that Redmond is working on Windows 9 for a tentative November 2014 product launch, and it would be as early as next January where we will be able to check out a beta.
This is around the time of year that we would be expecting a Windows yearly operating system update. All up, this does make it possible that Windows 9 could have a November 2014 release.
It is also possible that Steve "there is a kind of hush" Ballmer has worked out that making people pay for regular short term upgrades, like Apple, is a better business model than making them pay for a bigger one every three or four years.