Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8.1 will not receive any more major updates instead monthly updates will bring minor improvements from time to time. This means that all eyes are now on Windows 9 Threshold especially for those who hope that the traditional start menu comes back. New leaks suggest that Windows 9 Threshold will feature Linux type Virtual Desktops and the company is also dropping the Charms Bar which allowed easier access to settings, share, devices and start screen.
Windows 9 Threshold to feature Virtual Desktops
Microsoft is late to the party as both its competitors Ubuntu and Apple’s OSX feature Virtual Desktops. Windows 9 Threshold is turning out to be a major change and the addition of Virtual Desktops makes the usability even better. For beginners the simplest explanation of Virtual Desktops is that it allows more than one desktop at a time. E.g in Ubuntu you can have up to 3 windows on one desktop and 4 on another. This helps in switching apps much more quickly. In Windows 9 Threshold, this feature can be accessed via a button on the taskbar which will reveal all the desktops and you can select one with a simple click.
Virtual Desktops will indeed need more juice from the system, most probably the RAM. Microsoft would try this feature in early betas and if Windows 9 Threshold receives a positive response then the company will include it in the final build. Unlike Windows 8, the new Windows is more about the environmental features and a way to bring back lost users.
Microsoft is also dropping the Charms Bar in Windows 9 Threshold. The Charms bar, which can be accessed by moving the mouse pointer to either the top right or bottom right corner of the desktop had no significant use for desktop users. It is not confirmed whether it will be removed from tablets as well but WinBeta confirms that it is certainly not part of Microsoft’s deskptop centric approach for Windows 9 Threshold.
Since some apps are dependent on the Charms bar to access options or settings, Microsoft is working on alternate ways to make it possible. Microsoft might also ask developers to update their apps but this is highly unlikely so the Redmond giant has to come up with an alternate method of its own. Either way it is good news in my opinion because I for one never really took the advantage of the Charms bar and most probably I won’t in the future.
Windows 9 Threshold is still in beta and Microsoft will add or less new features in the final build but in the mean time the preview build is expected to release in the coming months which will give a more clear view of the new Windows.