Everything You Need To Know About Windows 9, Microsoft's Next Major Software Release (MSFT)

Windows 8, introduced in 2012, ushered in some of the biggest changes in Windows history.

Windows 8 is meant to be a single piece of software that works seamlessly across traditional laptops, hybrids, and tablets. To achieve this, Microsoft axed the classic Windows start menu, added a new tiled interface, and completely changed the way users interact with Windows.

But it didn’t catch on quite as quickly as Microsoft had hoped. With its first major update to the software, Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried to address some of these concerns. But the company could take that a step further with Windows 9.

We’re expecting to get our first real look at Windows 9 during Microsoft’s press event on Tuesday. Reports are suggest Microsoft will divulge some details about a pre-release version of the software: the “Technical Preview” of Windows 9. It’ll probably be quite some time before we see the final consumer version, but here’s what we’ve heard about it so far.

Windows 9 may bring back the Start menu

Windows 9 Mini Start MenuOne of the biggest gripes about Windows 8 was its lack of a Start menu.

Windows 9, however, could include what Microsoft is reportedly calling a mini Start menu that blends the traditional menu with Windows 8’s tiled interface, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft showed off an early version of this hybrid Start menu at its Build developer conference in April.

Well-connected blogger Paul Thurrott, who, like Foley, has an excellent track record when it comes to reporting Microsoft news, also reports that the Start menu will return in Windows 9.

Say goodbye to the Charms menu

Microsoft may cut one of the biggest features out of Windows when it releases Windows 9. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and blog Winbeta, the Charms sidebar might not be part of the interface in the next version of Windows.

The Charms menu appears along the right side of the screen when you swipe in from the right. It includes icons that provide shortcuts for certain functions within the operating system, such as the search bar, Settings menu, and Devices page among others. Instead, Microsoft may include shortcuts to some of these menus in the title bars for “Metro”-style apps in Windows 9.

Speaking of “Metro” apps, reports also suggest Windows 9 will allow you — For more information read the original article here.    

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