Microsoft on Windows 9: No Charm Bar, Metro Features
Microsoft introduced an all new “Metro” interface with Windows 8. This touch-based interface is great for tablet and mobile, but awkward and not intuitive for desktop users. Due to increased pressure, Microsoft eventually pulled away from Metro, eventually even re-incorporating the classic “Start” button into Windows 8.1. Consumers and industry professionals alike created a negative perception of Windows 8.
The next major OS for Microsoft is expected to be named Windows 9, and it seems Microsoft is moving away from the original Windows 8 vision. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently commented on the future of Windows, hinting that the fragmentation existing between all Windows devices may come to an end with Windows 9:
“In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows,” Nadella said. “Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps.”
According to Microsoft, Windows 9 will no longer feature a charm bar or metro features. A screenshot by My Digital Life, pictured above, shows off the new Start Menu that is most likely in Windows 9. Additionally, ZDNet reports that “Metro-style” Windows 8 apps will get title bars that include menus with Charms features. “Metro-style” apps will run in a windowed state, like traditional apps, enhancing the experience for keyboard and mouse users.
According to NeoWin, Windows 9 will finally feature Desktop Virtualization:
Microsoft is considering bringing virtual desktops to Windows Threshold. The feature, which is already on other platforms like Ubuntu and OS X is currently being tested and is said to have similar functionality to that of Ubuntu. You can activate the desktops with a button on the taskbar (subject to change) and there are keyboard shortcuts that let you jump between active desktops.
Desktop Virtualization, a feature already available in Ubuntu and Mac OS X, would be a great addition to Windows 9. Essentially, a user can have multiple desktops active, and seamlessly switch between them. This is great for multitasking and users working on a single screen.
A preview of Windows 9 is expected later this year. Do these new additions make you excited for Windows 9?