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What to Expect from Windows 9

Posted on the 13 January 2014 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

What to Expect from Windows 9

If you expected to see the release of next-Windows operating system this year, you’ll be disappointed because it’s not gonna happen. However, according to pro tech blogger and editor for WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott Microsoft will most likely release Windows 9 in April, 2015 after unveiling the operating system at the company’s Build 2014 developer conference in April, 2014.

Even though the Windows 8 operating system was criticized by many, Microsoft showed great advancements with the current OS by bringing improved, more efficient apps and features to modern computers. So, what can we expect from the upcoming version of Windows? Will it be different from Windows 8? We don’t know for sure, but we have a few guesses based on Microsoft’s recent moves.

New User Interface?

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That’s not gonna happen. Microsoft is sticking to its new Metro styled apps and the new home screen. Although, in Windows 9, we can expect to see more advancements in Metro area, possibly new themes for the desktop with Metro 2.0 technology. Considering the company’s failed attempts of targeting touch-based computers, Microsoft will definitely make Windows 9 more friendly for desktop users and mouse clicks.

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What about the Start Menu?

Microsoft learned a good lesson after removing the Start Menu from early Windows 8. They had to bring it back with Windows 8.1 update. So, if they have learned anything from that mishap, the company will most likely place a Start Button somewhere in the start screen of Windows 9. Although, there’s a slight chance for them to even completely get rid of the old-school features for a brand-new Windows experience. You’re gonna have to get used to it.

Better Start Screen and Gestures?

Windows 9 will most likely include new customization features for Metro apps and home screen tiles for better categorizing, resizing and viewing. It’s also possible for Microsoft to finally bring Kinect-based gestures to Windows 9, since we are already seeing laptops coming out with built-in Leap Motion technology.

What I Want to See in Windows 9

First of all, I want Microsoft to stop trying to make Windows a touch-based operating system. Keep Windows 8 for tablets and give us, desktop and laptop users back more freedom. I love the new Metro apps and the start screen, but I still do most of my work on the good old desktop mode with a bunch of old school icons. To me, nothing beats dragging and dropping. Even though it’s never going to happen, I wish Microsoft would focus on a cleaner desktop than a bunch of tiles that’s really hard to manage.

Another thing I wish to have on Windows is to have multiple work-spaces and the ability to run several apps on the same screen, side-by-side. It’s not just about keeping two apps opened in the same screen. It’s about making those two apps work with each other. For example, keeping Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator opened in the same screen at the same time and having the option to simple drag an image from PS to IL without having to save or import files would be simply awesome. Options similar to these are already available in mobile devices like the new Samsung Galaxy Note, why not bring it to Windows?

So far, we have no details on the upcoming Windows 9. Hopefully, Microsoft will improve this new version based on its experiences from the Windows 8 release. Let’s wait and see what they have to offer.

 
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