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Windows 9 screenshots leak out

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Windows 9 screenshots leak out
After what many call a Windows 8 fiasco, Windows 9 will define the future of Microsoft: will it continue with the Metro (or rather, Modern) user interface, or will it switch back to the tried and tested style of before? Now, we have the answer as one of the first screenshots of Windows 9 have leaked out, showing what the new OS could look like.

The Windows 9 screenshots below come from two German site that have gotten them from an alleged “Windows Technical Preview”. That preview should go live to developers in October, and it will incorporate the flat, single-tone visuals of Metro into the classic Windows desktop.

Screenshots leak from the “Windows Technical Preview”

First, let’s take a look at the changes in the taskbar. You’d notice the magnifying glass for search, a new tool that appears alongside the Windows home key. There is also a dedicated ‘virtual desktop’ button that sits next to the search key.

Traditional icons have also been tweaked slightly to fit better the flat lines of the new visual style for Windows. There’s also a new notification center and the Start panel is enriched with metro-styled icons. All in all, this will be an update that classic Windows desktop users will like: it refreshes the operating system’s style without breaking the functionality.

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posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:32 15

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


OHHH BRING IT ON! But keep the Metro please.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:56 2

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Yes, and get rid of those Win7 icons :)

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:13 14

16. Sealblaighter (Posts: 203; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Not, do not keep the Metro UI, that should be optional. I honestly hate that UI, and I am not the only one.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:53 2

41. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 866; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


It's funny... After using Win 8.1 I can't help but notice how much of a cluttered mess the "metro start screen" is no matter how you try and organize it, and its all because of the colors. I really hope for everyone's sake that the start menu pictured above does NOT have to show tiled shortcuts on the right side of it. I hope that can be set as a list instead.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 15:38 3

46. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Keep Metro, it is the future of UI design. Everybody from Apple to Google and everyone else in between is copying Metro UI, HTC one, Sony Tiles, and Samsuung magazine UX are all ripping Metro, Many people bash Metro only because it was made by Microsoft. They all love it when other copy it, hypocrites.

Look at Material UI its trying to be like Metro but those who hated Metro will love those who copy it.

Metro UI

http://winblog.blob.core.windows.net/win/sites/2/2013/10/family_5F00_white_5F00_final_5F00_4A79910A.jpg

Material design

http://cdn.bgr.com/2014/07/android-l-material-design.jpg

They hate Metro yet everyone copies Metro.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 02:08 4

56. yepyep5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Uh, no.

First, where and how are these companies copying metro?

Second and most importantly people don't bash Metro because it is designed by Microsoft. They bash metro because it is the most unintuitive design for a desktop OS. It was clearly design for touch screen devices (where it works great), but for people who do more than check email and look at their photos on their pc, metro style only gets in the way.

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 09:15

65. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Come on now. Both Android and iOS are copying Metro, they used to have Skeuomorphism UI they went Flat like WP to look modern and up to date, look at their homescreen its still old school Skeuomorphism static Icons of old are still there yet inside the OS they all look different.

http://www.geek.com/apple/ios-7-looks-eerily-similar-to-2011-windows-phone-1558625/

http://www.wpcentral.com/android-tries-find-identity-through-new-material-design-ui-

I have Windows 8 on my desktop if you spend time learning the OS its a great experience. People are resistant to drastic change hence part of why Microsoft in Windows 9 is hoping to bridge that gap. Transitioning users from old to new.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 05:11

60. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That link is so stupid. You're now gonna blame Google of copying just because they want to bring Material Design at different size gadgets ?

Only MS can bring their design to Windows desktop but if Google tries to do that then they're copying.....lol...give me a break.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 17:33

47. Bondurant (Posts: 417; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


And im sure your one of those stuck with ice cream sandwich style on android.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:24 1

22. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


i already have all of this through stardock.com

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 00:40

52. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


It's awesome, I just wished they would've changed the way icons look on the desktop.. anyways I'm getting it, it's awesome.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:36 2

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


only odd numbers giving hit for MS.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:41 4

6. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


They have a good release followed by a bad one. Always.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 21:27

51. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Not always true. Windows 95 was an even release and good, 95 was one of the most innovative OS releases ever. And 8 wasnt a bad release, it did have an ugly ass UI and such, and the metro and desktop integration was poor, but it was easily the fastest and most stable release of Windows Microsoft has ever done.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 02:15 1

57. yepyep5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


There were many poor things about it other than UI. Power users have to go through long and difficult searches to find things before they could make desktop icons. I'm talking simple things like computer, control panel, heck even networking is more difficult! I work part time as tech support and win 8 pcs are just so complicated and beat around the bush to do simple tasks that even though I can get win 8 free, I'm not going to even bother downloading it.

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 23:13

67. luxzy801 (Posts: 140; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


Pretty close, but they did have two back to back good releases (Win2k and XP) besides that, your almost spot on

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:39 9

3. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I think they should just get rid of the metro UI on the desktop because it looks quite busy.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:40 9

4. mas39 (Posts: 80; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


I was already happy with the modern style, too many people moaning for no reason, 8.1 on my MSI gaming laptop looks so brilliant and refreshing, compared to the old boring style. We need to move with the times not go backwards.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:48 10

10. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I still think that 7 is better than 8.1. Not upgrading mine

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:51 2

40. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


you got attached to W8 i have actually played around with my start menu so i have a nice array of shortcuts whenever i press start from games to work to social stuff it's really nice

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 12:39 1

44. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1070; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


People hate change, are tech handicapped, and ignorant of new ways to do things so they resist change. You can navigate windows with the Windows flag key and keys programmed to work as if it were a touch device. With a Microsoft touch keyboard it is even better to navigate if you don't have a touch screen.

I just want the beta to drop because I will switch to windows 9 tour away. Soon desktop and phone will be the same then look out....

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:40

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3713; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wallpaper is so cool.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:41

7. Pattyface (Posts: 1518; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Looks like 9 will be the best of both. I hope it brings the other rumored assets like across the board integration too

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:43 4

8. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I liked the 8.1 design, though I am sure I would get used to it too...

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:44 2

9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I like the new Windows 9 interface

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:51

11. deepblack (Posts: 50; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Feels like windows 7.5

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:08

13. sniperdroid (Posts: 146; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Windows 8 going back to windows 7.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:10 2

14. gustavoace (Posts: 175; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Windows 8 is not a fiasco. It is fast and stable. The metro UI is not well implemented for mouse+keyboard, but it is not like you use start menu all the time....

Is screenshot 17 showing multiple workspaces? That would be nice

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:34 1

26. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I would disagree with you as PC sales took a MASSIVE dive when Windows 8 came out. Yes, it happened to be around the time that Tablets came onto the scene but

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 02:23

58. yepyep5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


What do use it for? Games and web? Anything more than that and it is horrible. You have to beat around the bush to get anything done! Power users struggle all the time with Win 8. For casual use yeah I agree it is pretty solid, but nothing more than casual.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:11 1

15. B-power (Posts: 241; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Except from the menu i like it. Never liked windows 8 or 8.1

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:15

17. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Ok, MS is slowly getting there.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:18

18. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2249; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I thought it was Windows phone 9 :-(

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:05 1

33. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


windows is making an OS for the whole windows, so all your windows OS device will speak to each other seamlessly, this is what microsoft is talking all about so i'm all excited with this kind of technology they are offering to us. so I would love that windows phone will prosper. :)

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:16 2

36. Awalker (Posts: 1394; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Does it really matter when most people only have a Windows desktop or laptop and no other Windows devices?

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:26

37. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


why bother ask a question if you already know the answer?

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:19

19. frederick333123 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


they are clueless......comon microsoft do somthing differnt

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:20

20. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


64bit but RAM 1GB!!!!
Anyone noticed it? ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:30

23. ojdidit84 (Posts: 457; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


It's probably ruining inside of a virtual machine

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:21

21. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Looks fantastic. Bring it on MS!!

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:31 3

24. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Did Stevie Wonder come up with that color scheme? The interface is definitely better than Windows 8 but those colors are UGLY! I think I'll be sticking with Windows 7 if this is what Windows 9 looks like.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:50 1

29. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2047; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Seems like you don't know how to use a computer.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 04:14 1

59. hurrycanger (Posts: 1556; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Hmm... what in his comment lead you to that assumption ?

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 11:15 1

62. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


And your reasoning for that is ... because I think they chose ugly color combinations on the interface? You're an idiot.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:12 3

35. Awalker (Posts: 1394; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I think I'll stick with Windows 7 for the time being. There's nothing wrong with it so there's to upgrade or downgrade depending on how you look at it.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:32 5

25. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


I'm still on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Will skip the 8/8.1 and wait for the 9. Metro UI only works for smartphones. Desktops should be left as is. Windows 7 is the most stable OS Microsoft has ever made.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:00 1

30. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2249; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


It has the option,too boot directly into "desktop" mode.....yup... And my window 8.1 pro is running fantastic

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:11 1

34. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


i'm on windows 8, can't upgrade coz, ya know, pirates. :D but i don't have a problem, you just click the desktop and there you go, plus they are easy and fast.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:42 1

27. twens (Posts: 955; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Sometimes when I read such comments I feel like slapping someone. You are on windows 7 and you claim 8.1 is not stable??? How are you sure when you haven't used it. I have been on 8.1 since I both my y500. No issues at all. So what a hell are you taking about? Or just want to join the lets hate Microsoft train so you look cool?

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 10:45 1

28. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Where did I say 8.1 is not stable? I have used 8 / 8.1. In fact I'm typing this message on a device with 8.1 OS. I still prefer 7.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:02 1

31. RushFan2112 (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Yes!!! Finally WINDOWS! I'm glad to see Metro Apps finally running in windows and not full screen.

I like Windows 8, but I HATE that Metro apps run full screen. The OS is called Windows for God's sake!

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:02

32. JohnMilisis (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 May 2014)


I like the idea of no-bezel windows like mac os

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:38

38. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


A blend of windows 7 and 8 would be a welcomed addition, mostly for a more functional start menu for keyboard and mouse users. The metroUI and tiles are a great concept and I'd like to see them developed more. One should be able to turn on a pc, phone, tablet etc and in many cases get the information they want instantly without having to launch special apps or a browser.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:51

39. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1524; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Hmm if these are not fakes then some rumors are true which are 1=the return of a start button but MS should put an old style start Button logo on the screen and use the windows Logo to get People to Modern UI start screen. 2=Modern UI Apps will be useable in a smaller window on the Desktop screen. 3= you will de able have more than one "Desktop" screen like Linux desktop computers have.. these are Very Good things. Folks Rumor has it that When you first load Windows 9 on you Computer if it senses that you do not have a touch screen and are using a mouse and keyboard Windows 9 Will "Automatically" boot
you Directly to the "Desktop user screen" Sorry "Desktop only" Fans, The Modern UI start screen with their tiles are still there but at least you will not "Go to" the Start screen first when you boot up unless you use a touch screen monitor.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 12:22

42. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 248; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Straight lines, straight lines everywhere...

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 12:27

43. freebee269 (Posts: 535; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


I like this. I would definitely install this.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:19

45. silverangel304 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


This is very good news for me personally! If this is true, this will be my next OS replacing my Win7 machines.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 17:35

48. gorkapr (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Its the same windows 8 with a REAL start menu

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 17:36

49. Simmo3D (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


I have no idea why people are saying the wallpaper is cool. its in Windows 8.1 under "Lines and colours" in wallpaper settings....

Loving the new look, and I love Windows 8.1 too. Can't wait for this on my Alienware and looking forward to the ARM windows RT/phone hybrid for my Surface 2 and Lumia 930.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 19:05

50. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


So Windows 9 is a little less Fisher-Price than Windows 8. Basically a pig with some new lipstick. Seems like it is destined to be another flop.

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