Windows 9 and Office Touch scheduled for April 2015, may kill desktop on smaller tablets

Windows 9 and Office Touch scheduled for April 2015, may kill desktop on smaller tablets
The Metro/Modern UI for Windows has been something that has caused a pretty big divide for users. Some love the unified look for Microsoft's devices, and some hate the change and prefer the traditional desktop. New rumors are saying that Microsoft is listening to both sides of the argument, and is looking to address all concerns with Windows 9 in April 2015.

Right now, the rumors are saying that PCs and larger tablets will see a bigger focus on the traditional desktop. PCs could default to the desktop and require users to turn on the Modern UI. Many desktop users don't like the Modern UI, so they won't have to ever see it. On the other side of things, the traditional desktop UI doesn't scale or work well on tablets that are smaller than 9 or 10-inches. For those devices, the Modern UI will be the default, and the traditional desktop may be killed all together. 

Additionally, Windows 9 is expected to fully merge Windows Phone and Windows RT into a single OS, and Microsoft is working to release the full Office Touch suite around the same time. Office Touch will be essential if the traditional desktop is killed on smaller tablets, and could even be licensed to manufacturers for free. 

There's still a long time before we get there, but so far the majority of the rumors have pointed to Microsoft backing off on Metro/Modern for desktops and doubling down on the touch UI for tablets. Do you think that's the right move?

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55 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

THIS WILL BE VERY GOOD FOR ms AND THE END USER. CORPORATE SHOULD LOVE THIS TOO. THIS WILL DEFINITELY SHAKE UP THE HANDSET GAME, AND HEAT UP THE COMPETITION.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Since Windows Phone and Windows RT are going to merge. Then why waste time learning to code for Windows Phone. For that matter why waste time writing any apps for WP.

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Windows development is universal now. It's very easy to write for all, or simply adapt an existing WP app for RT.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because something like 90% of code is cross compatible, with the ui and certain functions needing tweaking. Considering rt is arm, and phone is arm. It shouldn't need much.

58. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Press the caps lock key. It looks like you even had caps on in 2010, when you typed in your username.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yeah! Finally one Windows 9 OS. Bring it on now!

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

'Many desktop users don't like the Modern UI, so they won't have to ever see it.' Best upcoming feature!

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Many people love the Modern UI. Its the same UI language Android and iOS are now pushing to them. The difference is that some people are ignorant to change when they have been accustomed to something else for so long other are just plain ignorant. Metro UI changed the design language of the world. I love and so do hundred of millions more.

5. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Agreed... the new metro UI is nice and seamless. This is what I have been waiting for. Soon it's time to add MS to my phone collection. I will always want a Note unless something changes.....I will have both Android, and Windows.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I know some like yourself love the metro interface. I am that some people that dislike metro. Its really ugly! I would prefer it MS rip off iOS 7 or Google Material design 100% Try to take from Google, history has proven they couldn't care less if someone steal their ideas.

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Your comment is about as dumb as they come, thats like saying Niike is better than Nike. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery for a reason. Google wouldn't even give WP a native Youtube, Google doesn't care, you just need to open your eyes. When I see material design I can't help but think that it is paying homage to Metro UI.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The material design is about the flow of the OS. Animations now come from an underlying place instead of popping out from nowhere. It has no relation to the Metro UI.

29. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That was the stupidest comment I've ever heard.. Why do you waist time with this fool?

27. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If you dislike Metro UI, Microsoft, WP, Windows etc., then WTF are you doing in a article about ALL of those above mentioned things?

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You hear but you do not listen. I am expressing my personal satisfaction that windows 9 has an option to rid the metro UI for good. I am not alone in this I get ask a lot how to disable metro UI then I told them to wait for window 8.1. If iOS 7 and Google is a copied of Metro Design why don't you get such negative reaction from Google or iOS users. Never heard anyone say can I disable the Android or iPad interface. FOOLS! This is an exercise of futility when we come to the bottom 5%

36. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Pathetic Wp shills acting like they own the desktop OS too because they use lumias. SMH.

42. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The head is the only thing you can shake in your body.

48. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Not really, I can shake nearly everything of my body.

52. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

yeah, i could believe that

55. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

For once I can respect this statement from you.

13. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

We talked about this already. People don't like tiles and the modern UI or whatever they call it. It doesn't sell devices or PCs.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

An OS does not win prestigious awards if people don't like it. Microsoft's problem was execution and shaking off an old image its products are stellar. I just don't get how you can can bash something that the ones you love admire, you are one confused individual.Trolls will troll. Not everyone wants iOS and Android, celebrate choice and live life.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

As I told you yesterday beauty is subjective. I happen to hate the Metro UI. It's a cluttered interface. I have no problem if someone likes Windows but you're acting as though Windows is leading the industry when it's at the bottom of the barrel. Lastly, I'm a fan of Windows 7 and I have it on my laptop and PC. I'm not sure why Microsoft thought change was in order. They turned Windows 8 into another Vista.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The moment you said Metro UI is cluttered you prove you have no idea what you talk about. Clean is one of Metro's founding principles is clean, Clean and Metro go hand in hand. I'm not going to keep going back and forth with ignorance.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It is a cluttered and confusing interface. My Nexus 5 has one home screen with one time and weather widget, one folder with Google Apps and 3 icons of the apps I use the most. That's it - simple and clean I don't know why anyone would need more than that.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sooooooooooo you can do that windows as well....dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

37. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Problem? Its our preference.

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1086; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

In short... yes! This is the RIGHT solution. Now having purchased and used a Windows 8.1 PC, I am becoming a little more of a fan of Metro UI, especially with the touch screen features, but I am glad that Windows 9 will likely go back to having the desktop be standard. Metro UI works well for a smartphone/small tablet with touch enabled, but most repeat users of Windows PC's have been so familiar with the desktop that it has become rather indispensable - nevertheless, it is good to have the OPTION of Metro UI if you want to use it. This alleged arrangement will keep the most people happy. Having a standard desktop for the PC/larger tablet, with the option of Metro UI activation, and having Metro UI alone for phones/smaller tablets seems to me like the way to go. It may take a decade to get users used to Metro UI on PC's (they had nearly three decades to get used to the 'desktop'), but it can be done gradually and at the pace of the user's choosing. Phones and tablets, on the other hand, are certainly great territory for Metro UI right now.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its important that they give desktop default as an option. Most enterprise notebook are not touch enabled and who is going to pay for the metro interface training?

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1086; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yeah, and what company will want to pay for touchscreen PC's? The touchscreens definitely make for higher prices in the PC end of the market. I easily paid $150 more than I needed to in order to have a full touchscreen PC... but I wanted to be able to take advantage of the UI fully, so I was willing to pay. You are probably right to assume that most companies don't want to take the same plunge in an enterprise setting.

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