Microsoft is preparing its first official look at the future of Windows next week, during an invite-only event
in San Francisco. While a number of leaks have unearthed features and changes in an upcoming release of Windows, currently codenamed Threshold, the naming of the release is still largely a mystery. Referred to by many as Windows 9, the next major release of Microsoft's operating system could simply be called "Windows." There's plenty of evidence to suggest that
, and a new report from Reuters
claims Microsoft will unveil a new name for its Windows product on Tuesday, which could be Windows 9, Windows, or an entirely different brand. Microsoft currently refers to what we'll call Windows 9 as Windows Threshold or Windows X internally. The Windows X moniker is likely a placeholder and not final naming, but a Tweet in jest yesterday from myself and fellow Microsoft watcher and ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley
generated a surprise response from Windows chief Terry Myerson
. "We're still deciding, but thanks for your vote" joked Myerson, alongside an image of him covering his lips to mimic our original "ssh" Tweet. There's even a PixelSense Microsoft display in the background, and Myerson is gingerly obscuring the end of a Windows logo, just to keep everyone guessing.