Review Category : Windows 9

Today, Recode published a poster that was reportedly circulated among Microsoft Windows team employees. This poster describes about the vision Microsoft has for its upcoming Windows 9/Threshold release. It says that the world doesn’t need another operating system, instead it needs a deeply personal, universally human way of operating and deliver things that they can’t even imagine. They acknowledge that getting thee won’t be easy, but that’s why they are at Microsoft. I like the last tag line, “Because the world needs Windows.” We already know that Microsoft is integrating Cortana inside the next version of Windows and that will make it deeply personal for its users. What’s your expectation on Windows 9? Source: Recode ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Now, a new report from Neowin described how Cortana works in the internal builds of Windows 9/Threshold. Cortana is now a separate app when launched won’t take full screen. Apart from that, Cortana looks and works similar to how we have seen in Windows Phone devices. As of right now, Cortana is an app; it’s a ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the virtual desktops feature coming in Windows 9 codenamed Threshold. Today, Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to move the mouse to right edge of the screen for the menu to appear. Charms bar might become app centric where it might appear within the windowed Modern apps for desktop users. Modern apps will be opened in windowed mode from desktop and this will allow Microsoft to remove the charms bar on the right. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Neowin ...

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  Ubuntu and Mac OS X always had the feature to switch between different desktop environments. You can have virtual desktops for running different set of applications at the same time and keep your things organized. Even though Windows OS internally supported this feature, Microsoft didn’t make it as a consumer facing feature. However, there is a small utility called Desktops which allow you to enjoy the same feature. Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys. You can download Desktops for free ...

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We have come across few reports in the past that Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows codenamed Threshold that can run Android apps without any modification. Hal Berenson, a former Microsoft employee recently published a blog post on current state of Windows/Windows Phone and how Microsoft may move with the upcoming major release. In that post, Hal said that Microsoft might be depending on OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer to enable Android apps on Windows. ACL does not use any virtualization or emulation techniques, instead it integrates the Android application runtime into native Windows. OpenMobile’s solution uses the Android open source project (AOSP) app management software as the base for ACL. Utilizing the Dalvik virtual machine and all required Android runtime libraries from AOSP, ACL will enable Android apps on any non-Android operating system, including Windows. Even though enabling Android apps on Windows will further alienate developers from ...

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In the last couple of weeks, we have been reporting about leaked Windows 9/Threshold builds with their build numbers. Today, screenshots of the Windows Threshold build got leaked on the web. It includes the much awaited Start Menu which doesn’t differ much from what we have seen in the past. Also present in the new build is the Windowed modern apps that will act as a boon to Desktop users who wants use Modern apps with ease. Myce.com claims that these are UIP team labs, The build pictured in the screenshots, build 9795, was compiled on July 13th and is part of the uip_dev feature build lab (FBL). UIP stands for User Interface & Platform so it is basically just the team responsible for UX changes like the start menu and windowed apps plus some under the hood kernel changes. Source: Myce ...

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Just few hours back, we reported about Microsoft’s upcoming plans for Windows 9/Threshold. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet confirmed the above details from her own sources and also revealed that the combined Phone/Tablet SKU of Threshold won’t have a classic desktop environment at all and obviously it will work on ARM-based Lumia phones, ARM-based and Intel Atom based Windows tablets. Another major information which was buried in her post is regarding the Windows Threshold availability. She reported ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources. With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing ...

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Microsoft announced Cortana digital assistant with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. Lots of users are already using it in beta form around the world even though Microsoft has officially restricted the launch to the US. How about Cortana experience on Windows or Xbox? Microsoft has not revealed any info about it so far, but it is as obvious thing for Microsoft to expand this personalized service to all their platforms. Recently, WPC forum member claiming to be a Microsoft employee revealed the following, Cortana on Xbox One and Windows 8 PC’s Yes, it’s coming, no, no ETA but I have been testing it on XB1 and it’s very neat, especially when playing a Halo game. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) was at SMX Advanced conference talking about Cortana hinted the same, Will Cortana jump ...

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A new rumor emerged online today reveals some information about the Microsoft’s future product roadmap. The information is believed to be from a Microsoft employee who worked on these projects. It reveals that the next major version of Windows called Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be released in preview during Q2-Q3 time frame in 2015. Also, this update will include the following improvements/features, One User Experience Cloud Services Metro UI System protection(Windows Defender) Validation Improved(Windows activation) OneDrive Cortana While we have no information on what the above list means, we can probably guess Microsoft is working on improving them. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Myce Read previous rumor about Windows 9 here, New Rumors About Windows 8.2 and Windows 9. ...

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IDC today reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a decline of -4.4% year on year as a result of continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments. Windows XP was one of the main reasons for growth in commercial market segments as Microsoft is ending the support for OS. Lenovo maintained its lead in total worldwide PC shipments, followed by HP and Dell. Acer and Asus are the biggest losers in this segment as they are transitioning towards tablets and mobile devices. “Worldwide PC shipments have now declined for eight consecutive quarters as a result of shifting technology usage and competition (notably with tablets & smartphones) as well as economic pressures (including high unemployment, slow growth & investment, tight credit, and currency fluctuations) related to the Great Recession, sovereign debt crises, and their related impact on international trade,” said Loren Loverde, Vice ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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Yesterday, we reported about a new rumor that Windows 9 is coming in October this year as opposed to the previous reports that claimed Windows 9 is coming only in April 2015. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language and also some improvements to better integrate desktop and metro apps. Today, WZor posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Windows 8.1 2014 Update leaked build no. is 6.3.9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237. via: WZOR ...

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Last week, we posted about a report from Paul on Winsupersite claiming that Windows 9 codenamed Threshold will be released in April 2015. He also added that Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released and Microsoft is thinking to move away from Windows 8 brand to market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Today, WZor on Twitter claimed that Microsoft will RTM Windows 9 in October this year which I think is too early. http://t.co/qCZy2Lzt7G hey men ~ Win 9 released in April 2015? No! No! No! ..WIN RTM-0 RELEASED SIGN-OFF DEALINE IN 21 OCTOBER 2014 — WZor (@WZorNET) January 15, 2014 He particularly claimed that Windows 9 RTM will be released on October 21st of this year. I hope this rumor becomes true! ! Microsoft might provide us a glimpse on Windows 9 at BUILD conference later this year. Source: ...

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