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    Microsoft is expected to reveal the first details of its next major Windows release this week at Build 2014, ZDNet reports. Windows 9 – codenamed “Threshold” – will supposedly launch in the spring of 2015, but the company is already eager to share its vision of the future of its desktop operating system.

    While Microsoft will not actually reveal the full feature list of Windows 9 or mention a target launch date for the new OS, officials are expected to “discuss at a high level the company’s goal to create a new Windows 9 SKU that would run on Windows Phones, ARM-based Windows tablets/PCs, phablets and other kinds of devices.”

    Interestingly, Windows 9 might not include a “Desktop for running legacy Win32 apps,” according to “previous tips,” and will be updated “frequently and regularly” via the Windows Store.

    At Build, Microsoft is also expected to unveil its first “touch-first” versions of Word Excel and PowerPoint for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. These apps, similar to what Microsoft has done with Office for iPad, will be more friendly towards touch-based interface than regular Office for Windows apps. This new Office version should be released later this year, in time for the “modern” Windows 9 release. Earlier this year, a hacker claimed that the Windows 9 RTM build will actually be released in October this year, instead of spring 2015 as previous rumors have suggested.

    The company will also share more details about bringing the Windows and Windows Phone platforms closer for developers, so apps will work across devices.

    In the past, Microsoft has been criticized for choosing to merge tablet and PC experiences in Windows 8, confusing many Windows fans with its new user interface choices – dropping the Start menu was one of the major unwelcomed changes – and resulting app mix between traditional and mobile apps.

    In addition to Windows 9 details, Microsoft is expected to announce Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 features, alongside release plans for these software updates.



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    If anyone from microsoft sees this reply or if anyone that can tell them about it,

    RESTORE THE START MENU IN THE LIKENESS OF WINDOWS 7!
     
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    I heard the start button will indeed be back......


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    The first Windows 9 Preview version might not be released until either February or March 2015, a source familiar with Microsoft’s plans reports. Chinese leaker FaiKee has posted a screenshot on the My Digital Life forums that seems to indicate that the Windows 9 Preview Release won’t arrive until early next year.

    “OK, seems WZor’s [another source familiar with Windows plans] ’5/15 win9 trial version’ is not going to happen…” FaiKee said. “So here’s the part below my last screenshot,” he added, posting an image that reads “Windows 9 Windows Preview Release @ 2015 02-03.”

    “If it’s real (couldn’t see why it isn’t), then you could scrap all previous Win9 release speculations,” he said.

    The same source posted an earlier screenshot on Neowin, which he referred to in the note above, posted on My Digital Life. That image revealed that Microsoft may be working on a cloud-based version of its operating system that could be sold as Windows 365. It would supposedly sell via a subscription model similar to Office 365, according to rumors. When posting that screenshot, however, FaiKee did not reveal any details about a potential Windows 9 launch.






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    Gonna hold on to my Acer Desktop with Wins7.Most computers companies are still selling Win7 with no problems.It seems Microsoft would misprogram a wet dream.Things sure was better when Bill Gates was in charge.Got my seventy year old sister and bro in law a great deal last black Friday on a Wins8 laptop and it took a while for all of us to get the hang of Wins8.Wound up down loading classic shell for them to keep from having to make two or three trips to their house a week.I even had a Vistas desktop and the only gripe was it took a few seconds more to boot up.Microsoft needs to use the Keep It Simple Stupid(K.I.S.S.) when designing the interface for home computers!
     
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    A new leaked image that includes information about future Microsoft Windows and Office versions lists several products including Windows 9, Windows 365, Windows Phone 9, Office 365 and Office Gemini, as well as details about release dates and features.

    Following a leak suggesting that a Windows 9 preview release will be available sometime next year and that a Windows 365 cloud-based OS may be in the making,Myce has obtained another copy of the same screenshot from a different source, which now includes several additional details about Microsoft’s upcoming software updates.

    According to the image, the touch-first Office “Gemini” version that was featured in a series of images leaked over the weekend will launch later this summer – which a different report says that Gemini is key to a future Surface mini launch – while the Office 2015 may also be released as a Technical Preview and Consumer Preview 1version.

    The screenshot also says that Windows 9, Windows Phone 9 and Windows 365 preview will be available in Q2 or Q3 2015, and includes a list of updated items for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows version. Several items are mentioned such as One User Experience, Cloud services, Metro UI, Windows Defender, Windows Activation, One Drive and Cortana.

    However, these updated features aren’t related solely to Windows 9, as they’re listed under several products including Windows 9, Windows Phone 9, but also Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, so it’s not clear whether Windows 9 will also get Cortana support – which would be a logical move for Microsoft – or not.

    Myce‘s new Windows- and Office-related new screenshot leak, as well as a previous, smaller censored screenshot based on the same image follow below.




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    Microsoft will release a second major Windows 8.1 update this year – Windows 8.1 Update 2 – which will be available free of charge to Windows 8.1 Update 1 users, hacker group WZOR has revealed. The group also says that Microsoft will sell Windows 8.1 Update 2 for an affordable price to Windows users who are running earlier Windows versions on their machines and want to upgrade to the latest OS version.

    WZOR also revealed that Windows 9 might be released as a free update for Windows users who have Windows 8.1 Update 2 installed, or at a substantial discount. Apparently a decision on the matter has not been made yet. Previous reports from the same source have also indicated that Microsoft’s upcoming major Windows release may be available as a free download.

    Finally, WZOR has apparently revealed that Windows 9 Enterprise may have the ability to disable Metro 2.0. The company is expected to have a “significant” internal event from June 23rd through June 27th, at which point Windows 8.1 Update 2 might receive an RTM Escrow status.

    The hacker group said that Microsoft has tightened its Windows security, making leaks nearly impossible – apparently, employees that want to use the latest builds will get personal Windows copies that will make it easy for the company to track down leakers.

    The new security polices around unreleased versions of Windows are apparently targeting Microsoft’s China offices in particular, with the country being a major source of Windows-related leaks in the past.

    On a different note, China is apparently a big reason Microsoft is worried when it comes to the Windows 9 launch, following the country’s recent ban on Windows 8 for government computers.






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    Expect some major changes in Windows 9, and not just the new Start menu



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    Microsoft already confirmed that the Start menu will not be returning to Windows 8.1 via a special “Update 2,” thus suggesting that Windows 9 will actually bring back the Start menu – after all, Microsoft did confirm at Build that it listened to Windows users and committed to resurrecting the Start menu. However, Windows 9 will have several other major features and new user interface elements compared to Windows 8.1, various publications have learned.

    The awkward Charms bar – at least for desktop users – is going away, Winbeta has learned, as Microsoft plans to enable the features offered by the Charms bar in a different way, possibly by including a new menu near the window controls that will give access to actions from the Charms bar.

    While this particular user interface change may only affect Windows 9 desktop users, ZDNet says that tablet users will also lose the Charms bar in the next iteration of Windows.

    One other important new Windows 9 feature has been reported by Neowin, which learned that virtual desktop support – a feature that’s already available on OS X and Ubuntu – is finally coming to Windows users.

    Finally, just as rumors suggested, a public preview version of Windows 9 may arrive later this year.

    “I’ve heard from my sources that Microsoft is hoping to deliver a public preview of Threshold some time in the fall of 2014,” ZDNet wrote. “The goal with Threshold is to make Windows 9 more palatable for those still using Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, especially business users and those who aren’t relying solely on touch for input.”




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    After the new Start menu, this might be Windows 9’s second killer feature



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    The return of the Start menu and other core desktop features is enough to make many PC users excited for Windows 9’s big release next year but now Neowin reports that Microsoft’s next big OS is getting another killer feature: Cortana.

    Cortana, the voice-enabled personal assistant that Microsoft unveiled earlier this year with Windows Phone 8.1, is apparently a prime candidate to make the transition to Windows 9 and Neowin says that the software “is no longer in the phase where it is ‘let us see if this works’ to a ‘let us push this forward and see if we can ship it’ stage.”

    For the moment, Neowin says that the desktop version of Cortana isn’t a full-screen app like the one on Windows Phone but is merely relegated to a “smallish window” where you can type or talk to ask it questions. Neowin also says that the integration into Windows 9 at the moment isn’t all that deep although that’s expected to improve vastly in the months leading up to Windows 9’s release.

    Cortana has earned some rave reviews from early adopters and it seems as though Microsoft really has built a genuine competitor for Siri and Google Now. Being able to get this great feature on your desktop computer could be a great way to hook more people into the Windows Phone ecosystem as well.




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    Windows 9 preview set to be released in September




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    Disgruntled Windows 8 users: there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. ZDNetreports that Microsoft is planning to release a Windows 9 “technology preview” sometime between the end of September and the beginning of October. In order to install the preview, you’ll have to agree to receive automatic monthly updates, but the preview will be publicly available for anyone interested in testing out the Threshold operating system.

    No information was revealed regarding what the technology preview will consist of, but we know that Windows 9 will feature a host of updates and improvements over Windows 8. The return of the Start menu is certainly at the top of the list, but Microsoft is also expected to bring Cortana to the new OS. The voice-activated digital assistant was met with excitement when it was announced earlier in the year and could be a major attribute for Windows going forward.

    ZDNet adds that Microsoft released several previews for Windows 8 before the official launch, but the company was working on a very different release schedule at the time. In fact, it was more than a year after the first Windows 8 developer preview was released that the OS went on sale. On the other hand, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 9 in the spring of 2015.





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    Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month



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    After months of leaks and hints, Microsoft is finally prepared to unveil the next version Windows. The Verge reports that Microsoft will hold a press event on September 30th to officially announce Windows 9 and discuss details of the upcoming release. Microsoft is expected to launch a preview version of the new OS on the same day or in the first days of October, following earlier reports from ZDNet which pegged the same dates for the release.

    The technology preview will allow developers and consumers alike to test out some of the new features of Windows 9, including the return of the Start menu and possibly an early version of Cortana for PC. We’ve seen some of the UI alterations in leaks over the past few months, but there’s no telling what will have changed since the early developer builds.

    We know that the next major version of the operating system will likely be called Windows 9, but according to The Verge, Microsoft won’t give the new release a name at the press event. Microsoft will instead focus on the new features of the Threshold update and the release of the technology preview. The long national nightmare is finally over for Windows 8 users — Windows 9 is on its way.



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    This new Windows 9 feature could help you avoid huge headaches



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    Microsoft is about to unveil Windows 9 “Threshold” Technical Preview in late September, and the first features of the upcoming operating system have already started leaking. Among them, Neowin has found out that Windows 9 may offer users a significantly more convenient way to install future Windows builds.

    The feature is currently available in internal builds of Windows 9, and it allows users to upgrade their Windows version “with a single click of a button.” While there’s always a chance this is just an internal trick, allowing Microsoft employees to jump faster to a certain Windows 9 build, the publication says the feature is “fully built out, meaning that it is integrated into the UI and it is native part of Windows.”

    Thus, the feature may find its way into Windows 9 betas, inside the Windows Update app, allowing early testers to go “from build 9825 to 9829 with a single click.”

    Neowin has further learned that the new update feature doesn’t require complete reinstallations of the OS, making upgrades a lot easier and faster than before.

    The feature would be even more interesting for final builds of Windows 9, as it would offer a better way for Microsoft to deploy timely updates and patches, and improve the overall Windows Update experience to end-users.

    However, Microsoft has yet to confirm the feature.






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    Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users




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    As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Mycereports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system.

    According to the group, Microsoft is still toying with the idea of making Windows 9 a free upgrade for existing users who have purchased a retail or OEM version of Windows 8. The company is also toying with the idea of selling the upgrade to Windows 9 for just $20.

    Similarly, an “awesome” upgrade offer is apparently in the works for Windows XP users, whom Microsoft is desperately trying to move to a newer Windows versions. Specific details about this upgrade proposal, or the actual Windows 9 retail price, aren’t available at this time.

    WZOR has further revealed that a special Windows 9 Enterprise (Technical Preview) that lacks the Metro interface has been released to testers, and that a Windows 9 Pro OEM test version won’t be released.

    Other leaked Windows 9 features include support for 3D Ultra HDTVs and for backing up and restoring data to the cloud. Furthermore, Microsoft is apparently working on a feature that would allow users “to virtualize backups of physical systems in the cloud,” as Myce puts it.

    Finally, a Windows 9 RT version is also in the works, and a test version will be available as well, but only to Microsoft Surface users.




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    Microsoft just accidentally teased the upcoming Windows 9



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    Microsoft has accidentally confirmed in China that at least a Technical Preview version of Windows 9 is going to soon be unveiled by posting a teaser message and picture on Weibo, CNBeta reports.

    “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” Microsoft China asked on Weibo, showing a Windows 9 logo image (above) that was later removed.

    Of course, one of the major features of Windows 9 is the return of the Start menu, something the company already confirmed is happening. In early April at Build 2014, Microsoft teased the new Windows Start menu and suggested the feature would make a triumphant return in an upcoming Windows 8.1 update. However, that hasn’t happened, as Microsoft apparently decided to make the Start menu one of the main tricks of its upcoming Windows 9.

    The company is expected to release the Windows 9 “Threshold” Technical Preview on September 30th, following a Windows 9 press event.

    Meanwhile, various Windows 9 features have been detailed in recent leaks, including the arrival of the Cortana virtual assistant to Microsoft’s desktop operating system, as well as the removal of the Charms menu and other UI design changes. The Metro menu is said to disappear from desktop versions of Windows 9, while a future Windows 9 RT option is said to only contain a Metro experience. An easier method of delivering Windows updates may also be in the cards for future Windows 9 users.



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    New report gives more details on a key Windows 9 feature – and it’s not the Start menu



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    Windows 9 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated software releases in Microsoft’shistory, but probably not for the reasons the company hoped. Although what we’ve seen from leaks look promising, most Windows users are simply hoping to see Microsoft make a clear departure from the rocky road that has been Windows 8.

    Considering the speed at which Microsoft has gotten Windows 9 ready for a public preview, it might not be the complete overhaul some users are expecting, but there are sure to be plenty of added features on the new operating system. We know that the Start menu is returning, but everything else is still up in the air, including Cortana’s transition from Windows Phone to the desktop.

    Cortana might not be the only feature ported from the mobile OS either — Neowinreports that Windows 9 will be receiving its own notification center as well. The notification center will launch from the system tray and will sort alerts based on the apps that trigger them. There will be a button to clear all notifications, but you’ll also have the option to remove them individually.

    Unlike on Windows Phone, the notification center won’t slide down to cover the entire screen. Instead, it will exist as a small, fixed window at the bottom right of the display. Rather than increasing in size as notifications come in, you’ll have to scroll up and down in the window to see everything.

    The functionality of the notification center is apparently a bit basic at the moment, but expect Microsoft to continue to tool with it leading up to the retail release of Windows 9.




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    This is the Windows 9 leak we’ve been waiting for


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    At long last, Windows users, the Start menu will be coming back. A new series of leaked pictures provided by German website ComputerBase give us our best look yet at Windows 9, including the newly redesigned Start menu that users have been begging for since the release of Windows 8 in 2012.


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    As you can see in the picture, the new Start menu looks much like the old one in terms of overall layout but its icons and general design have been updated to fit in with the “Modern” UI that Microsoft has been pushing for the last two years. You can also see a search icon next to the Start menu, which will presumably be a quicker shortcut to universal search on Windows 9 than opening up the Start menu and searching.

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    The picture above also gives us a nice look at the notifications center that Microsoft will be bringing to our desktops. It pops up on the right-hand side of your screen and will presumably function much like notifications centers on our smartphones by letting us know when we have new emails and or alerting us to various interactions on different social media platforms. Earlier leaks that we’ve seen claim that there will be a button that will let us clear off all our notifications at once, although we sadly don’t see it in these leaked pictures.

    All told, this looks like a promising compromise between the changes that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 and the more traditional desktop interface that many longtime Windows users have been asking for.

    Be sure to check out ComputerBase’s full gallery of leaked pictures.
     
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    Leaked Windows 9 video finally reveals the new Start menu



    After a collection of Windows 9 images were leaked earlier this week, showing the operating system’s most important feature, German publication WinFuture.de published a video on YouTube giving fans a first look at the new Start menu in action.

    The upcoming desktop OS will finally bring back the Start menu, as Microsoftpreviously promised, one of the most iconic elements of Windows, which the company inexplicably removed in the previous version.

    The Start menu is coming back, and the video shows how it’s supposed to work. Apparently users will be able to either enable it, or use the Metro UI as it’s currently available. Once enabled, the Start menu will bring over a new kind of Metro-infused interface compared to what the Start menu used to look like on Windows, letting users customize it as they please, in a similar manner to what they can do with Metro UI on desktop or mobile.

    Microsoft is expected to release the first Windows 9 preview at the end of the month, at which point more details about its features should be available to fans.

    The full video showing how the Start menu is supposed to work on Windows 9 follows below.









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    Even more exciting new Windows 9 features revealed in leaked videos


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    Later this month, Microsoft is expected to roll out its Windows 9 technical preview version, after properly unveiling its next significant desktop operating system update. In the meantime more videos demoing some of the upcoming Windows features were published online by WinFuture, confirming other major features coming to Windows 9 aside from the Start button.

    FROM EARLIER: Leaked Windows 9 video finally reveals the new Start menu

    The German publication has posted two short videos on its YouTube channel, demoing two features that were not previously available to Windows users, including a Notification Center and support for multiple desktops.

    The Notification Center is similar to what’s available to Windows Phone users, with all notifications appearing in a new window on the right side of the screen, in a list that includes notifications from various apps, but also system-related notifications.

    The multiple desktop feature is similar to what Mac users already have at their disposal in OS X, allowing Windows 9 users to set up various desktops and assign certain apps to those particular working spaces. As the second video below shows, users can quickly add multiple desktops, and delete extra ones with similar ease. A special “Task view” button opens up a multiple desktops view section that takes up the screen’s bottom (horizontally) while on top of the multiple desktop strip the apps assigned to each desktop appear.

    The Notification Center and multiple desktop Windows 9 video demos follow below, while a similar demo of the new Start menu is available at this link.








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    Windows 9 can’t come out soon enough for Microsoft


    We know that Microsoft is very eager to move past the less-than-enthusiastic reception that greeted Windows 8 and introduce us to Windows 9. And it looks like that day can’t come soon enough either, because the NPD Group has found that while PC sales surprisingly recovered during the back-to-school shopping season this year, the big winners weren’t Windows PCs — instead, they were Macs and Chromebooks.

    “U.S. consumer retail PC sales grew almost 3 percent during the 10 week Back-to-School period (week of July 4th through Labor Day week) after declining by 2.5 percent in the previous year,” writes NPD. “Apple and Chrome OS led the sales drive with Chrome OS unit sales increasing 37 percent over 2013 and Mac OS-based products up 14 percent. Windows devices declined 3 percent.”

    In other words, while both Chromebooks and MacBooks both saw healthy year-over-year gains, sales of Windows devices actually declined. This is obviously not good for Microsoft, although it’s worth nothing that NPD has also found that Windows-based PCs have still accounted for 68.4% of all PC sales this year. All the same, this is a hefty drop from two years ago when Windows-based PCs accounted for more than 75% of all PCs sold and Chromebooks couldn’t even crack 1%.

    Microsoft is expected to show off Windows 9 for the first time next week and to release a developer preview shortly after.​



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    Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.
    According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it’s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple’s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it’s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.
    It’s not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some.
    Microsoft is going to soon unveil Windows 9 and release a technical preview of it. Recent leaks, including many videos, have revealed some of the major features coming to Windows 9, including the return of the Start menu, the Cortana voice-based search assistant that’s currently available only on Windows Phone, the Notification Center, support for multiple desktops, and several other UI enhancements.





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