Following the screenshots leak, a new video showing the upcoming Start Menu in action got leaked on the web. The video revealed how the new Start Menu will work, how you can pin/unpin apps from it, how to launch modern apps from it and more. It also revealed that via Start Menu and Task bar properties menu, you can choose whether to use the new Start Menu or the regular Windows 8Start Screen. Another video which you can see above got leaked today. It shows that the new Start Menu is fully customizable to your needs. You can even unpin all the Live Tiles from it and it will turn into a old school Start Menu which you are used to from Windows XP. You will also have recent documents, etc, if it is applicable to the particular app. Again, if you pin a modern app, it will automatically expand. What do you think ...

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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 ...

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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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Speaking at WPC, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced that they are already working on the next major release of Windows while listening to feedback from all sections of the users.  he also revealed that the upcoming Windows version will have a game changing features for the enterprise. We have no idea what he is specifically talking about, but it could be related to app compatibility story. Microsoft might allow enterprise to run any legacy app without any special virtualization software in the Windows. Again, this is my guess based on few of their patents in the recent time related to running different OS at the same time on a device while another hypervisor OS managing it. Windows Threshold is also expected to have updated Modern UI framework. Do you have any guesses for what that game changing feature might be? ...

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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. 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. Today, Winsupersite reported that our understanding on this feature is wrong. The new Start Screen will actually replace Start Screen and it is not an option which users can disable. You will be able to maximize the Start menu so ...

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Infamous Microsoft leaker WZor has come out hiding and dropped some interesting information regarding to Windows 9 or ‘Threshold.’ Here is a roughly translated Russian quote from WZor: “In fact, the most interesting things are going in China, where Microsoft executives are shocked by a series of decisions of the Chinese government. Timing of Windows 9 now depends on how these problems will be solved. Our sources say that Microsoft is panicking about the fate of Windows 9. It’s very likely, that Microsoft will release Windows 9 Enterprise Edition without integration of Microsoft’s cloud services and with the ability to disable “Metro 2.0″ interface. This possibility is being actively discussed at Microsoft.” As China has grown socially. economically, and militarily it becomes an increasingly important market. The sheer size of China dwarfs the US and Europe combined. This coupled with what is perceived as a weak United States make decisions by foreign ...

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As you may recall Windows & Windows Phone 8.1 was codenamed “Blue.”  The codename for the next set of major updates for Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox will be ‘Threshold.’  MJF reports: Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson recently mentioned the Threshold codename in an internal email about plans for his unified operating-system engineering group. The goal of threshold will be to develop the next version of each respective OS in a way that shares more common elements and support a core set of “high value activities”.  Full unification may comes after Threshold.  Terry Myerson is currently in charge of the road map until the new CEO comes in, and the plan is to release the Threshold wave of products in Spring of 2015.  In the meantime the Windows team is working on releasing “Update 1″ in Q2 of 2014, shortly after the release of Windows Phone 8.1. Threshold is ...

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