Change, especially when it comes to technology, can be good—very good. It’s what took phones from bulky landlines to sleek, powerful processors capable of fitting our entire life in our hands. Unfortunately, it can also be confusing when things change too much too fast. Luckily, BuzzAGeek is there for you with informal computer training whenever you need to upgrade to a new operating system.
For many Windows customers, the user interface change between Windows 7 and Windows 8 left them overwhelmed. In an effort to address some of the widespread criticisms of their newest operating system, Windows has already begun work on Windows 9, codenamed “Threshold”. While much about the new OS is still being kept under wraps, enough information has come out of the woodwork that customers can begin to get an idea of what might be in store for them in April 2015.
A "Mini Start Menu"
For many casual Windows users, the transition from a desktop-based interface to a start-screen based one was difficult. Part of the reason for this was the lack of easy ability to cycle through multiple apps. Instead of simply opening a new program from a start button, to use a new app, users would have to leave the first app, return to the Start screen, and then (if the app they were looking for wasn’t pinned to the screen,) swipe up to view all possible apps. While this was intended to make finding programs and files the user used often more accessible via pinning them to the Start screen, the downside was that lesser-used programs or programs not pinned to the screen became more difficult to access.
In Windows 9, a “mini start menu” is likely to be available, allowing users to access new apps without having to go through several screens.
"Metro" Touchscreen Apps are Here to Stay
Microsoft is 100% behind touchscreen technology as the interface interaction of the future, and it is their goal to make sure that their operating systems are reflecting that. Windows 8 was already designed with touchscreen interaction in mind; unfortunately, for the numerous users who aren’t using a PC with touchscreen capabilities, this design bias created more of a hindrance than a help.
Reports say that Windows 9 is not planning to abandon its reliance on modern Metro apps in favor of reverting to classic-style desktop programs; rather, they are planning to make “maturing and fixing” the use of apps a “major focus area of Threshold.” However, a “windowed mode” that allows users to run these apps in floating windows from the desktop may be available for those who aren’t ready or able to make the jump from a mouse and keyboard.
Closer Unification for All Microsoft Platforms
Microsoft isn’t just in the PC game anymore, and Windows 9 will reflect that as the operation system brings updates to Windows PCs, Windows Phones, and Microsoft’s Xbox. The updates should allow all of Microsoft’s different platforms to share even more common elements, including the ability to run apps from a common Windows App Store. Instead of needing to download a different version of Microsoft Office for all three, it may finally be possible to run your phone and tablet’s favorite apps on your PC, and (to a certain extent limited by how powerful your tablets are) vice versa. In any case, communicating and sharing files between devices should be easier than ever.
The release of Windows 9 is still over a year away, and more information will be released as time passes. In the meantime, BuzzAGeek is happy to offer upgrades and answer your questions on Windows 8 or your Macbook’s operating systems and help you learn everything you need to use your computer like a pro.