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 hours back we reported some information on the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. This update is expected to include minor improvements and bug fixes. It will be released as part of August patch Tuesday updates. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet today reported few more things about this update. Microsoft initially planned to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 as a major update with the new Start Menu, but dropped the plans few months back. This new Start Menu will come as part of Windows Threshold which is expected to be released in Spring 2015. Microsoft is unlikely to deliver a third update to Windows 8.1 later this fall Based on the report, Microsoft Windows team is now more focused on delivering Windows 9 instead of delivering another update this year. What is your expectation from Windows team? Source: ZDNet ...

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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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Few days back, we reported about a Microsoft patent which described about a system displaying rich presentation taskbar buttons for a corresponding application. It seems this feature may be coming to Windows 9/Threshold in some form or the other. Today, Neowin reported few details about the upcoming version of Windows based on their sources within Microsoft. We already know that Windows Threshold will allow desktop users to avoid the current Start Screen by using the new Start Menu that will have Live Tiles. Also, some versions of Windows Threshold shipping for smaller tablets will not have desktop mode at all. Here is the summary of what Neowin reported today, Windows Threshold Desktop will have modern and more flat design than current Windows 7/Windows 8 design. Icons in the task bar are interactive, described as ‘mini Live Tiles’ by their source. Microsoft is toying with glance-and-go style functionality for the taskbar too. Read about it more here. Cortana ...

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MyDigitalLife has managed to get some new screen shots of build 9788 of the next version Windows. Unlike the last screen shot, which did not reveal anything new, this one sports the new start menu, expected to show up at some point in Windows, either as an update or in Threshold. The start menu is a cross between the Windows 7 start menu, with the very familiar and useful search bar, and also the tile interface of Windows 8. While Neowin notes that their sources have declared the leaked screen shots as authentic-looking, they could not verify the start menu as being the real and final implementation. Given the rate of leaks however it seems it will not be long before the whole OS is widely leaked and we can all play with it if we wish. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Today, Windows 9/Windows Threshold build 6.4.9788 was spotted in the Windows Store logs. This shows that Microsoft has already started testing Windows 9 in some form to run Window Store apps. We reported about a rumor last month 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. Recently, 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 ...

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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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