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Microsoft wants users to finally leave Windows 7

Microsoft is hoping it can win the faith of desktop users once again with its next Windows operating system, Threshold.
 
According to a new report from ZDNet, Microsoft's Windows Threshold will cater to all kinds of devices. In other words, it won't make the same mistake again as it did with Windows 8, where desktop users were forced to work with Live Tiles and a lack of a Start button -- features seen as more mobile-friendly. 
 
Instead, Threshold will look and act differently depending on the device. For instance, users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a version that boots to the Windows Desktop and makes those features top priorities. It's expected to have the Mini-Start menu, which is a new version of the traditional Microsoft Start menu (it's completely customizable as well). 
 
For two-in-one devices, Threshold will switch between the Metro-Style mode and the Windows Desktop mode based on whether or not keyboards are connected.
 

The phone/tablet version of Threshold won't have a Desktop environment, but rather the "Threshold Mobile" version for ARM-based Windows Phones, ARM-based Windows tablets and Intel-Atom-based tablets.
 
Microsoft hopes that desktop users holding onto Windows 7 will want to make the switch to Windows Threshold. Many have held off on leaving Windows 7 because Windows 8 and 8.1 have changed the UI completely, putting the Metro-style theme front-and-center. This was hard for many users to swallow, since Metro seemed more fitting for mobile users. 
 
Back in February, Jacob Miller -- a UI designer who helped designed Windows 8's "Metro UI" -- said that Metro is the antithesis of a power user
 
Threshold is scheduled for a Spring 2015 release, with a public preview slated for later this year. 
 
Until then, Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected in the coming months. It's not expected to offer any huge updates other than some UI adjustments. 

Source: ZDNet





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