Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:43 UTC

Two changes supposedly coming to the next version of Windows, according to veteran Paul Thurrott:

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.

This would be Microsoft admitting they got Windows 8 all wrong.

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This would be superb
by abdavidson on Tue 10th Dec 2013 01:04 UTC
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I really hope that Thurrott is right.

Windows 8 never made sense on a non-touch desktop product. Having that daft Start Screen on my 2 24" monitors (where those hot corners were a non-useable nightmare) was rubbish. The amount - and type - of pointer movement required was terrible. Large sweeping movements followed by fine fiddly difficult ones.

It was such a headstrong move to make it non-optional. They would have lost nothing and KEPT headshare by putting the Start Menu as an option (default or not) instead of Start Screen on Desktop... so so obvious. I said it from the very first developer preview that they'd got it wrong but hoped they were keeping the Start Menu away to force the development world to work with Metro before adding back the options with the final release.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing if this is borne out when it is released. My PC which remains Windows 7 might get an update (there are still useability issues with the W8 desktop... white and pale grey window headers?) and the MBA I bought after seeing Windows 8 might end up my only OSX machine.

Edited 2013-12-10 01:06 UTC

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RE: This would be superb
by Kochise on Tue 10th Dec 2013 06:13 in reply to "This would be superb"
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"This would be Microsoft admitting they got Windows 8 all wrong."

Of course Microsoft is not, after all they invested so much research into this product to make it perfect. It's just that... users are so wrong. Fix the users !


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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:


Suddenly it, makes a little sense why most of your posts are signed Kochise.

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