Windows 9 is going to be a lot different than the existing Windows 8 and if the recent rumors are to be believed, then these changes are probably for the good.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 didn’t really stir the market like the company would have wanted and some changes like replacing the star menu with a start screen on a desktop ecosystem was not welcomed by many users. Therefore, in the recent Windows 8 updates, the company decided to move away from the start screen. And new reports state that the company will gradually replace this screen with the traditional start menu in the upcoming updates.
So, expect Microsoft to bring back the old Windows start menu in the Windows Threshold version aka Windows 9. The company will most likely make a hybrid version of start menu default in the upcoming OS and will give an option for start screen lovers to enable it from the control panel.
This is great news for everyone as start screen was not really a big hit among customers. People were used to a separate pop up start menu and they were not willing to give it up for a tile based system. So this arrangement, wherein both start screen and start menu are available, should be great news for customers.
Further, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley says that Windows 9 will recognize the hardware on the device it is running and will boot that hardware specific Windows 9 version. So, desktops will run a modified, PC specific Windows 9 while hybrids and mobile devices will have different versions which are streamlined for their form factor.
“Users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a SKU, or version, that puts the Windows Desktop (for running Win32/legacy apps) front and center. Two-in-one devices, like the Lenovo Yoga or Surface Pro, will support switching between the Metro-Style mode and the Windowed mode, based on whether or not keyboards are connected or disconnected”, writes Mary.
“The combined Phone/Tablet SKU of Threshold won’t have a Desktop environment at all, but still will support apps running side-by-side, my sources are reconfirming. This Threshold Mobile SKU will work on ARM-based Lumia phones, ARM-based Windows tablets and, I believe, Intel-Atom-based tablets.”
So, instead of making a similar version available across all devices, Microsoft is planning to deliver modified versions for each platform. This is actually a smart move by the company given that different machines have different requirements. A tile based OS on a keyboard and mouse system doesn’t really work as good as a touch screen device. So, having modified versions for desktop and mobile ecosystems make sense.
Microsoft is expected to roll out a public preview of the release this autumn, so you can try out the OS pretty soon.
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