If you are itching to take a look, if only a little, of the rumored next-generation Windows platform, mark your calendar on September 30 when the software giant is set to preview the Windows 8 successor.
Codenamed Threshold, the Windows 9 operating system is said to be packing some old Windows features that we thought would never surface again, as well as a slate of new features.
For example, just when we are convinced already that the Start menu is never coming back, reports had it that Windows 9 is reviving the familiar attribute, hopefully with some enhancements to it. It is one of those Windows features that keeps landing on the rumor mill as people hope to see it again, if only for its simplicity and the convenience it affords users. After so many leaks and rumors of its comeback, the Start menu may finally be making a headway next month.
Another thing to look forward to is the prospect of cool new user interface changes the fresh operating system is having up its sleeve. Plus the addition of the digital assistant Cortana.
The new Windows operating system is also said to sport a window of apps, or windowed apps, as recent rumors and leaks have been showing. The same team working on the revival of the Start menu could be the same gang who are responsible for this new feature.
If you’ve been bothered by the constant presence of the Charms bar on the right side or found the attribute of the Windows 8 totally useless, you would probably jump for joy if you find that the feature is removed in the new iteration of Windows. Yes, there are strong indications that Microsoft is removing the Charms bar from Windows 9. The tool is used for accessing the share and settings sections, as well as making searches.
The apps in the new Windows OS will include title bars with Charms component menus, so developers will have to work out on the new feature to allow for Charms sharing. Then there’s the virtual desktop, which could make its way to the Windows 9 for users to divide their desktop into, well, different virtual desktop compartments to separate workloads. This way, users will be able to customize their desktops based on how they intend to use it, whether for work or personal use.
For long, the Shut Down button has been greatly missed by loyal Windows fans who have lost contact with this feature when they switched to Windows 8. But it is also expected to make a comeback with the Windows 9. Still on the Start menu.