Friday, September 12, 2014

Windows 9 leak confirms Start Menu and virtual Desktops

Microsoft will unveil their new Windows 9 in the end of the month and provide a "Windows Technical Preview" that will allow for a rapid development in the coming months, in preparation for it's launch next year. But once again, secrets are hard to keep, and images and videos of the Windows 9 technical preview are already available in the internet, showing us what to expect.

First and foremost, Microsoft has finally backtracked and brings us the missing Start Menu. This alone should atone for most of the criticism surrounding Windows 8, and that has scared away lots of users. The new Start Menu is a nice mash-up of both the traditional start menu as well as the new live tiles interface, and I think it's the sort of thing that MS should have thought of in Windows 8 (and that would have made it a lot less "awkward" for long time windows users.

Next to it we have a search icon and, perhaps more important, the new Virtual Desktop buttons. Windows users should prepare for a lot of jokes coming from all those that have had multiple desktops in their operating systems for countless years - but hey, it's better late than never, right? Windows 9 should also get a notification center inspired by the mobile platforms. And although all this might change till the actual launch version, it seems Windows 9 is shaping up to be "what Windows 8 should have been right from the start".

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