Windows "Threshold" to Cater to Both Desktop, Mobile
June 30, 2014 8:36 PM
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,
According to a new report from
, Microsoft's Windows
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.
will look and act differently depending on the device. For instance, users running
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
, which is a new version of the traditional Microsoft Start menu (it's completely customizable as well).
For two-in-one devices,
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
won't have a Desktop environment, but rather the "
" 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
. 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
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.
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