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Windows 9 Will Get Customisable Start Menu, Overhaul For Desktop Users



/ 2 years ago

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Microsoft will reportedly make an all-out assault to tailor its next Windows operating system to the Windows 7 “stronghold”. According to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet Microsoft is going to make Windows 9 (codename: Threshold) more desktop-friendly. Microsoft will do-away with trying to force the touch-based layout of Windows 8 onto Windows 9 users and will instead design features specifically for mouse and keyboard users. Microsoft has already tweaked Windows 8.1 based on hardware-profiles so that desktop PCs boot straight into the desktop while touch-devices boot to the Start Screen: in Windows 9 these hardware-profiles will be more pronounced. With Windows 9 desktop and laptop SKUs will get a separate version of the OS which puts the Windows desktop as the main focus of the OS, it will also sport a mini-Start menu that is user-customisable. Furthermore, there is rumoured to be a total disabling of the Metro-style start screen and live tile interface, all those metro apps will apparently just run as normal applications on the desktop.

At the other end of the spectrum the phone and tablet SKU of Windows 9 will apparently ditch the desktop environment altogether, but will still allow for the side by side running of apps. This SKU will support ARM and Intel Atom based tablets and phones. The centralised hub of this SKU of Windows 9 will be the live tile interface and start screen. Microsoft will apparently put Windows 8.X on the back burner once the major updates are finished because the OS is already perceived as a “Vista 2.0” by many at Microsoft.

Source: ZDNet

Image courtesy of CNET (Lance Whitney)


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  • Wayne

    Win 9 should be good, I hope. MS has always alternated between good and not so good OS’s so why change now. I think I’ll stick to the odd numbered OS’s and skip the even numbered ones from now on seeing I will have to pay for them in the future which is something I’ve never done in the past.

  • Marcus Winchester

    If they put Win 8 on the back burner, Im done with Microsoft. If they expect us to buy a patch job which Windows 9 is looking to be, I won’t buy another Microsoft OS

    • your mother

      idiot… the Metro ui is totaly useless for Desktop…
      you should probably stick with your iphone in yer arse

      • Marcus Winchester

        Well ain’t you just rosy. I was an early adopter of Windows 8 because unlike millions of lame fools like you, I was willing to try something new and I found Windows 8 to work functionally much better than any prior version of Windows. Metro is not useless, I much prefer the start screen and charms bar to the archaic Start Menu, that thing was horrendous and plain slow. The point I WAS TRYING TO MAKE was that I will not buy Windows 9 if its basically just an expensive patch to solve the so called “problems” of Windows 8 just to satisfy a bunch of blind idiots like you. Windows 8 at its core is NO different to Windows 7, you can bypass Metro if you want.

        • Larry

          Yeah, now you can bypass it, since others (unlike you) voiced their opinion against it, as they didn’t like the ‘new’ for its sake of being ‘new’ interface. Metro was geared towards tablets and phones, period! It has no place on desktop PC’s, even if they had a touch screen.

  • Alan Aasmaa

    I am desktop user and i love metro. I dont want start menu back.

    • Larry

      You do realize you are in a very small minority of people who don’t?

      • Alan Aasmaa

        I know. I don’t like metro apps, but i like metro menu.