While the beginning of September is clouded by the IFA technology show in Berlin and Apple’s event, there are reports that to the end of the month Microsoft will release Windows 9 (or Windows Project Threshold) for developers. After the not so successful Windows 8 consumers, developers and the business are curios about what the software giant from Redmond is preparing for them. The recent revelations from the last weeks give us a glimpse what to expect from the company.
First – the Charms Bar will be fully drop out from the new operating system. Elimination of this feature will rise some question about how user-friendly will be the new version for the tablet consumers. Because it’s enabling a lot of options for touchscreen users. The first rumors from WinBeta were that the Charms Bar will be eliminated for desktop machines. This move seems logical and plausible because charms were useless with mouse and keyboard interface. But the additional information surfaced and it point out that the charms are out also for the tablets using the new Windows 9. Here the logic disappears – because the charms are pretty useful for tablets – they actually give a lot of options and take a big role in the user interface for touchscreen devices and in the mobile apps. The bright side – it will eliminate the hurdle to run Metro (or Modern) applications in desktop mode. Also they never be truly functional and it is possible that the users will not suffer from their demise. So it could be plausible for the full removal of the Charms Bar from the new Windows 9. Especially if Microsoft figure out better touchscreen solutions for its Modern/Metro apps.
The second big rumor is for returning the virtual desktops in Windows 9. This feature was implemented in Windows XP and 7, but it was saved for power users, because consumers need to install and configure separate programs to create them. In the new version of the operating system Microsoft will ease the use of virtual desktops. And this will be powerful tool for people who wants enhanced multitasking capabilities in the OS. Its main goal is to create multiple desktops everyone running with different applications (presumably x86 capable programs) and the users could switch between them. With this solution Microsoft will give homogeneity to the multitasking with Modern and old x86 applications. In Windows 8 you can seamlessly switch between Metro apps. But you can choose only one desktop with all x86 programs running at it. So it will become difficult for multitasking because consumers need to use the different tabs bellow (or Alt+Tab). The feature is reported by several sources and it sounds very plausible.
Both rumors are very plausible because they follow the new logic of Microsoft to unify the desktop and touchscreen experience without sacrificing the productivity of the x86 apps. With removing the charms maybe we will see Metro apps in desktop mode and with adding the multiple desktops we will have the truly multitasking. The curtain will fall at September 30th – the possible unveiling date for Windows 9.
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