BYE BYE Charms Bar – Hello Windows 9

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Windows 9 kills off awful Charms bar, adds virtual desktops to win back disaffected Desktop User….

According to the latest leaks out of Microsoft, the next major version of Windows — Windows 9, Windows Threshold — will kill off the Charms bar. And, if that wasn’t enough to win back the droves of Desktop users who were scared off by the disgusting blight of Windows 8 Metroficiation, Windows 9 will also have
virtual desktops!


According to various sources, current internal alpha builds of Windows Threshold do not have the Charms bar. It isn’t clear if the Charms bar is only being removed from the Desktop, or from the Metro interface as well. Metro apps, which currently rely on the Charms bar for sharing and settings, will be changed so that these functions are exposed elsewhere. Don’t forget that Windows 9 will also allow for Metro apps to be run on the Desktop in a window — in which case, the working theory is that these Metro-on-Desktop apps will gain a Settings button in the top corner of the title bar, along with minimize and close. Desktop users will go back to using the resurrected Start menu and system tray — if they ever stopped using them in the first place, anyway.

As a full-time Windows Desktop user, I’m rather excited about Windows 9. Bear in mind that these are just a few of the changes that are coming in Windows 9. Microsoft isn’t expected to release a preview build of Windows 9 until this fall — ahead of a final RTM release in April 2015 — and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot of cool features targeted at mouse-and-keyboard users by the time it rolls around. It might be too much to hope that the Metro-style PC Settings pane gets integrated into the Desktop Control Panel, but you never know.

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  1. Bobby Arneth August 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I heard rumors that Win9 will be a free upgrade… I’m curious if this would truly benefit Microsoft after there screw up with Win8 and the end of support of XP angering others.

  2. Ebey Pradeep August 19, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I think it will be good for variable change of User Interface from Desktop version to touch user interface version ,by changing it from high performance to low performance like in laptops , only here the User Interface changes…and it can
    save power on laptops..

  3. Ebey Pradeep August 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    *for Microsoft

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