Windows 9 Could Kill Metro Completely, Unify Tablet, Mobile OSes – Report
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The launch of Windows 8.1 is just around the corner, but new information on Windows 9, the next full major Windows release, has reached the web today.
It appears that Microsoft could use the upcoming version of its software to unify the two mobile operating systems it currently supports, so tablets and mobile phones could be powered by the same software.
A report by UnwiredView.com
claims that Microsoft’s recently announced reorganization represented one step forward towards a unique operating system that could be installed on both mobile phones and tablets released next year.
Even though it sounds fairly impossible, word is that Microsoft could even abandon the Metro UI in the next Windows Phone version, or at least get a major redesign
that would make it more user-friendly.
A group to take care of such a project has already been formed within Microsoft, but the company is yet to publicly comment on this subject.
As far as Windows 9 is concerned, the only thing we know is that Microsoft plans to launch it next year, with November 2014 very likely to witness the public launch of the operating system.
According to a leaked release schedule, the new operating system is set to hit the beta stage sometime in January next year, while RTM is expected to be announced during the summer.
Just like 8.1, the upcoming Windows 9 is going to represent a major improvement for all platforms running Windows, including tablets and mobile phones.
If Microsoft indeed decided to merge the two platforms and release just a single operating system that could be installed on tablets and mobile phones alike, it would definitely be a major improvement for the Surface device. Web connectivity on the go and many other enhancements are very likely to be included in case this plan gets the green light.
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|Comment #1 by: Snik on 15 Jul 2013, 13:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As metro continues to anger a billion plus desktop users, one might expect ms to revive the standard desktop... Read this ms... NOBODY likes metro.
|Comment #1.1 by: goodone on 15 Jul 2013, 13:49 GMT|
not true. desktop is just not working anymore. systray gets overcrowded with new apps all the time, and it's just not usable with touch.
start screen rules both of these. ppl just need 2 stop fearing change.
|Comment #1.2 by: Vertex on 15 Jul 2013, 15:24 GMT|
The desktop still works, especially on the corporations who will be stubborn to change that costs more money and more time to retrain the users and with the Metro screen blocking the way when trying to find a program, it gets annoying or many of these non-techy users..even to many power users alike...
|Comment #1.3 by: qdw on 16 Jul 2013, 10:33 GMT|
Its not fear of change. When change is pointless, no one wants it. The start menu doesnt do anyhting for me. Metro is completely useless to me. I want a desktop. Common sense would be to enable a Start menu (now that boot to desktop, and a pseudo-Start have been added).
|Comment #1.4 by: Grom on 18 Jul 2013, 16:04 GMT|
Metro isn't going anywhere. But what will happen is Metro will continue to evolve further into UI that can optimize for different screens and different input options. Even now technically Windows 8 Metro is absolutely usable for both small 8 inch tablets as well as big multi-screen monitors, it's just user issue for now. Oldschool users are so used to OLD Menu style navigation that they refuse to relearn anything new. They fall in danger to stagnate and fall behind further in digital world. Though Metro UI will adapt to suit different devices better as well.
|Comment #1.5 by: zack_falcon on 05 Aug 2013, 05:10 GMT|
@Grom, old school users may refuse to learn anything new, but there are legitimate reasons that IT Pros shun Windows 8.
The Tablet UI takes up too much screen real-estate; What good is a 30" monitor if it could only display information of a 20" monitor?
|Comment #1.6 by: programguy on 11 Aug 2013, 18:55 GMT|
Actually, some people do like the "modern" interface. But almost everyone agrees that it AT LEAST needs a few tweaks.
|Comment #1.7 by: munchy22 on 18 Aug 2013, 01:07 GMT|
Aa windows fan boy and as a experienced user of windows 8 let me start by saying this. I loved windows 8 for 2-3 months. After that I realized that I was still using desktop mode primarily as my main use. I still visited metro and enjoyed it as I would office or a game , if you know what I mean, but do you know what I hated, and this is sad, I missed shutting down my computer through the start menu, accessing control panel through start up menu and also aero glass, yeh the aero glass everyone complained about not now, but slated it as bloat ware years ago, lol. I always liked it. The problem for me is that I run 2 monitors, I always have and the only win 8 function that I hate is getting the charms bar up with a mouse. switching desktop to metro really isn't a issue and doesn't need a button, just a explanation for some of the customer base. Now some people will say get a tough screen. My reply is simple. I have a touch phone it works great, I have a tablet touch works great I love my desktop but I personally think touch in this enjoinment for most tasks is annoying. Why would I want the monitor in my face, Why would I stretch out my hands to reach the awkward distance the screen would be. I wouldn't, that's why I also have a tablet. Metros isn't the problem, trying to force, convert your mouse and keyboard desktop users Who don't really want to be converted is.
|Comment #2 by: pluizebol on 15 Jul 2013, 13:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am looking forward to Windows 9, hoping that it will NOT have the Metro-interface anymore.
I also really hope that the desktop interface will be rehabilitated to the Windows 7 look and feel.
|Comment #2.1 by: Jesper Andersen on 15 Jul 2013, 15:29 GMT|
"(...) the desktop interface will be rehabilitated to the Windows 7 look and feel."
Because it's not anymore? Let me think....
No. Stop kidding... In W8, the desktop is the very SAME than in W7 bar a very few things.
People can't stop complaining about false problems...
|Comment #2.2 by: dhyt on 16 Jul 2013, 10:34 GMT|
Great attitude. Only problem is, if customers like pluizebol dont like it. MS aint getting no money.
|Comment #2.3 by: Seibertron on 24 Aug 2013, 19:25 GMT|
If you install the Start8 app for Windows 8, you get your typical Windows start menu down in the left hand corner. Everything is back, including the control panel, pictures link, computer link, etc. The app lets you customize whether or not you want to start windows with the traditional desktop or the app screen. Start8 cost $5 ... it was the best $5 I ever spent to get this tried and true feature back on Windows 8.
|Comment #3 by: vali on 15 Jul 2013, 13:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7/Vista/XP.... - Start-All Programs-(mouse scroll wheel up/down)-Skype-Skype.exe
Windows 8 - Start-(mouse scroll wheel up/down)-Skype.exe
4 vs 2 clicks!!!
|Comment #3.1 by: Vertex on 15 Jul 2013, 15:21 GMT|
You can type skype on the search bar on the Windows 7 Start Menu to make it easier to find as it would be displayed after typing. You can also do the same with the Metro search bar. You can get to Skype in 2 clicks either way but the disadvantage of the Metro is that it'll temporary cover your desktop whilst you do the searching there.
|Comment #3.2 by: Jesper Andersen on 15 Jul 2013, 15:29 GMT|
|Comment #3.3 by: pluizebol on 15 Jul 2013, 20:50 GMT|
I have skype pinned to my Windows 7 Start menu.
Only 1 click to start it.
And I don't have to see the ugly start-page at all.
|Comment #3.4 by: mrjoe on 16 Jul 2013, 02:00 GMT|
Clicks are cheap these days. I don't care if it's 4 or 2. Anyway, its better for me to push WIN button once and start typing in the quick search for the program and hit enter. It's exactly 0 clicks. And just because of the WIN button is pressed and don't want to be taken away from the desktop to a sh*tty tile mess.
|Comment #3.5 by: hmmm on 16 Jul 2013, 10:41 GMT|
Fantastic! But what happens when I need to arrange my apps in a particular order? The order preferably would be most used apps in a visible place, and least used a bit hidden away. What happens when I want the desktop version of my app and not metro?
Oh and BTW, if you bring up the Win7 start menu, there's a search bar that let's you look for anything you like, not just apps. And guess what? It doesnt require being dragged off to a multi-coloured LEGO screen.
|Comment #3.6 by: Timmy on 10 Aug 2013, 10:21 GMT|
You can type skype straight from the start screen (without pressing start). 2 vs 1 clicks
|Comment #4 by: Skynet on 16 Jul 2013, 19:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Redesign is a good idea. If they return to the GUI of XP with the classic theme included.
|Comment #5 by: Cyclops on 17 Jul 2013, 10:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Who wants to buy an OS that's got a 'back door' installed on it anyway.
Microsoft can fool some of the people some of the time, but when the public realize that Microsoft ACTIVELY provide access to the NSA through hotmail,skype & internet explorer it doesn't take a brainiac to know that all of WINDOWS is now opened up by Microsoft,so that YOUR data is now state property.
|Comment #5.1 by: munchy22 on 18 Aug 2013, 00:55 GMT|
you must be a idiot to not think apple and every other software manufacturer wouldn't and don't do the same.
|Comment #5.2 by: munchy22 on 18 Aug 2013, 01:16 GMT|
sorry Cyclops but your comment still annoys me you really need to review your statement its utter rubbish, id say go do some research but the truth is even a young uneducated teenager would know that problems of back doors and separate government policy's would effect all the major players in computing, unless your actually saying apple, Google, Samsung, htc, Sony and the rest are all alot smaller players in computing so the government would ignore them.
|Comment #6 by: munchy22 on 18 Aug 2013, 00:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
shame cause I THINK HAVING METRO ON PHONES AND TABLETS AND THEN Bring back desktop only for desktops would be perfect way to go, Why do we need 1 operating system why not 2 that you can connect together easily but individually. Changing metro on the phone is a big mistake (at this stage) as its a great os for phone, tablet and they have started building up their customer base now. Also not actually having a tablet (pure tablet) on the market is a huge mistake they should have introduced a smaller portable tablet to compete with apple and one just running metro, Not the surface that keeps being called a tablet when really it is closer to a notebook. People using laptops and notebooks don't like surface mostly, and that's cause using surface with a keyboard and its stand is tricky at best. Plse Microsoft employ people that know what they are doing on the simplest levels and sack your pr people. Your Pr is really the biggest cause of your problems coupled with the way your trying to create a closed environment. People used windows for years and didn't go to apple why? cause apple was closed environment. And lets face facts people liked windows cause they could get a lot of software, games, vids for free and while this is piracy it still didn't stop companies making a lot of money. And it was always free advertisement for products particularly windows os in past. Maybe lesson here is not to be too greedy. But im only guessing
|Comment #7 by: munchy22 on 18 Aug 2013, 01:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I now use classic shell with windows 8 and I love it. I use metro a lot but predominantly im in desktop mode. If classic shell was included, the start menu people simply wouldn't complain, well they would but it is a lot better a experience for me now
|Comment #8 by: Kafshiel on 27 Aug 2013, 08:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Hey! Look who's following on Ubuntu Unity's footsteps... And I thought that the sunlight never reached inside Microsoft...
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