Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically.
Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration.
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.
Also, Cortana is already 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.
Source: Mary Jo Foley