Windows 9 to go back to basics

Windows 9, code named "Threshold", will focus on winning back users skeptical of the touch-centric Windows 8 according to a report published by ZDNet. While Microsoft was planning to bring back the start menu of old in the coming update to Windows 8.1, sources suggest that this will now be a part of Windows 9 instead.

Windows 9, code named "Threshold", will focus on winning back users skeptical of the touch-centric Windows 8 according to a report published by ZDNet. While Microsoft was planning to bring back the start menu of old in the coming update to Windows 8.1, sources suggest that this will now be a part of Windows 9 instead. The reintroduced start menu is much like what's currently in Windows 7, but with the addition of a few live tiles on its right.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 is likely to be a series of tweaks and adjustments, but nothing "hugely noticeable" by end users. Microsoft is "basically done" with Windows 8, and going full-steam-ahead with Windows 9.

While the controversial start screen will be disabled by default on desktops and laptop, it will be possible to re-enable it. Sources suggest Microsoft is testing tablets hybrid machines that still have the start screen enabled by default. Microsoft is also planning to allow "Metro-style" apps to float on the desktop in Windows 9, rather than relegating them to the start screen.

It is likely we'll see a preview version of Windows 9 before the end of the year.

Sources: ZDNet, The Verge

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