Windows 9 screenshots leak out

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.

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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67 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

OHHH BRING IT ON! But keep the Metro please.

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Yes, and get rid of those Win7 icons :)

16. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

41. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

46. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

56. yepyep5

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

65. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

60. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

47. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

22. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i already have all of this through stardock.com

52. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

only odd numbers giving hit for MS.

6. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

51. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

57. yepyep5

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

67. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

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

3. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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

4. mas39

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

40. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

44. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 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....

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wallpaper is so cool.

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

8. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I like the new Windows 9 interface

11. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Feels like windows 7.5

13. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Windows 8 going back to windows 7.

14. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 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

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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

58. yepyep5

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

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