Windows 9 is the upcoming release of Microsoft's Windows operating system and successor to the underwhelming Windows 8. Codenamed Windows Threshold, Windows 9 is expected to be released sometime in 2015, with a preview beta release of the new operating system arriving as early as Fall 2014.
Windows 9 Departing from the Unified OS Interface?
While Windows 8 focused on presenting a unified operating system interface for all Windows-powered devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets, Windows 9 is expected to deliver more of a customized interface that recognizes the device’s hardware and adjusts accordingly based on whether a mouse and keyboard are used or a touchscreen.
Windows 9 is also rumored to be returning the Start button and Start menu to desktop users in a fashion similar to Windows 7. These features were removed in Windows 8 in favor of a new tile-based "Start screen" that appealed to many touchscreen users but left desktop and laptop users frustrated and annoyed in many cases.
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