Purportedly Leaked Windows 9 Screenshot Shows New Start Menu

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Volleynova

Give us desktop users a refined Aero experience, the transparency effect was nice in Windows 7/Vista and I would like something like that back. As for the Start Menu that's good to see come back but there should always be an option for "classic XP/Vista/7 style" and "Windows 8/8.1 classic".

No one should be left out for Windows 9, Microsoft needs this to succeed.

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Renegade Knight

Overall. I can't say I actually care. I got used to the Start Screen and like it better than the start menu. However having a start menu again won't make it worse.

They need to keep improving metro. I like the idea of a tablet powerful enough to replace my laptop.

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bensen408

Well I'll say that it looks better, but I'd want the option to turn OFF Metro altogether and keep the interface and Aero the way they were.

I've only recently bought a new work laptop running 8.1 and it's not as bad as 8 was out of the gate. Much like Vista SP-1 was bearable as where Vista Gold was broken when shipped.

I'm not in love with 8.1 but it's workable. I've got 7 on my machines at home (Home, Pro, and Ult) and they're just fine the way they are. The only machine I'd consider moving over to 8.1 is my WHS2K11 but so far, 8.1 doesn't seem sturdy enough to replace a server operating system.

Opinions?

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Granite

1. I'd like to see Aero available for those who have systems that can handle the resource hit. Phones, tablets, little hybrids...those wouldn't be able to handle it, I don't think, but my desktop could.

2. I think the best we'll get from MS is the ability to boot to the desktop...which we now have. I don't think MS will ever let you turn Metro off altogether.

2. I don't think Win8 was as bad out the gate as Vista was...but Win8 has been improved since its release.

3. I switched my desktop early on to Win8, but I've kept my laptop with Win7. That works for me, just as your choices have worked for you. That's the nice thing about it...if you want to stay with Win7, you can but if you want to switch, you can and you'll still have that great Win7 system with the additional stuff that Win8 provides.

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Blues22475

A step in the right direction as far as the UI is concerned. Problem is Metro needs to be done away with altogether.

Hopefully they tweak the startup function (unless they've fixed it with and update I am not aware of). Have had a couple of customers stuck at the "Please wait" screen because of the whole "Fast Startup" feature. Works great when it works; Its a nightmare when it doesn't.

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Hey.That_Dude

I like the look, but I remember the original rumor that "that" was what win8.1 was going to look like, with a similar screenshot and everything.

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Granite

There are some people around who won't be happy until Win8...Win9...WinWhatever...looks like some kind of clone of Win7. LOL!!

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
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Hey.That_Dude

"Buttered Toast!" - Ed

But in all seriousness, adaptability and rate of change are inversely proportional. If your market hasn't changed, and you try to change it, but the market doesn't immediately start to change for your product, you're going to have to find some middle ground or else go full reverse (which is impossible for M$ at this point).

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firefox91

"You suck!" --The Internet

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Wow. Your department has been collecting celebrity quotes to throw at the masses? Typical out-of-touch Microsoft marketing think. And time well spent, to be sure.

It doesn't matter whether or not customers remain happy and productive; all that matters is that you see Baldy's vision through to the bitter end. Such loyalty is commendable, like that of a dog.

"At Microsoft, being right is more important than making money."

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/honan-microsoft-memo/

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Granite

LOL!!

I know you'll go to great lengths to dismiss anyone who says something about MS that you don't agree with. Usually, you have no rebuttal so you do things like you did here: Trying to float the idea that I have some connection with MS. That's a transparent tactic that only results in people not taking you seriously.

But you really should be careful of the articles you quote...or, at least, don't take snippets out of context. It only makes your position look rather foolish.

From the link you gave:

"Microsoft is still a company with great products. Xbox, Surface Pro 3 and yes even Windows 8.1 are all solid."

ROFLMAO!!!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Metro's 12.5% market share says it all.

No one takes you seriously, because you only pop up to troll Microsoft news. Seriously, that is the only time you come out from under your bridge. It's not as if you're an actual member of this community; rather, your job is trolling Microsoft news on some second-string tech web site. Rather sad, when you think about it. Perhaps one day you'll graduate to clumsy brand placement in bad television marketing the tween audience.

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Hey.That_Dude

Though he is a win 8 fan, he's actually been on many articles that are not about M$. So to that fact I call BS, pants on fire.

But yeah, I hate metro. It's too intrusive.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Must be why the Windows 8 Metro screen is still shown every five minutes in every show in the CW lineup. Microsoft isn't catering to consumer demand. They expect to market our expectations away.

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/honan-microsoft-memo/

Obviously, the assholes in Sales and Marketing are still designing the UI, so it remains ugly as shit and uses Win 8 marketing speak nomenclature (Apps instead of Programs). I compared it to the Windows 7 Start Menu, and Windows 9 looks like it belongs on an almost-ran smart phone. Desktop users do not want their PCs to act, work, or look like telephones and Xboxes. Why is that so hard for the assholes in Sales and Marketing to accept?

Even with Ballmer out of the CEO's chair, nothing has changed. Microsoft still wants to destroy the open platform PC. They don't want their bottom line to depend on designing a good operating system. They want monthly credit card billing and inferior platforms requiring precious little intellectual capital and maintenance.

All the talk about custom installs catered to individual platforms was pure bullshit. We're gonna get more Metro, plain and simple.

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Rift2

Start Menu is not a issue being a 4K compatible system is what people are after more so.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The only think Windows needs to do is take your credit card number for monthly billing. And you should be grateful they let you do that.

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maxeeemum

That's not a Start Menu it's a small Start Screen! I've seen a similar picture before so this is not new. If this is what Microsoft is planning for Win9 they better release it in Windows 8.1 Update 2. That way they can take the backlash now instead of dooming 9.

They're having a party at Stardock!

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Neufeldt2002

Looks like crap.

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ChangingWinds

it's actually pretty cool. you set what programs you want in favorites. you have a full control panel. I hate the panels. the separate areas for different things drives me nuts. I like desktop having everything and me having the control to put what I want where I want it. I just wish I could get rid of metro all together

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hornfire3

it's not the final version. if you look at the lower right-hand corner, it still says 'Windows 8.1 Pro'. So this is just a modified version of 8.1. There's still a lot of changes to come.

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ChangingWinds

ok this magazine is now totally behind times. I got my start menu back July 7th. Mine looks like a gear in the lower left but when I click it have the same start menu they show there. The window looking button is still there brings back tiles. Since this is posted after July 7th is mag is now behind the times.

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Jeffredo

I'll be impressed when they shelve that Metro crap on it an rename "All Apps" to "All Programs" like it should be.

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hornfire3

still looks like Windows 8 with the Metro-ish Start Menu.
but meh, who knows? this is just a "spotted-in-the-wild" early concept version of Win9. I'm pretty sure it'll change soon, unless M$ still clings on to the Metro UI.

UPDATE 1: http://static.neow.in/images/uploaded/1_screen_shot_2014-07-11_at_8.14.16_pm.jpg
Confirmed. This is not the final version. If you look closely at the lower right-hand corner of the screen, you can see that the watermark still reads 'Windows 8.1 Pro'. so the following screenshot is just a slightly modified Windows 8.1. That practically means, there's still a lot to come.

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aarcane

So when are you going to make that screenshot clickable so we can see a full size version of it? You're still not doing a great job with the article headline images I complained about previously.

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Scatter

So I wonder what Microsoft will hold back from windows 7 & 8 users to convince us that we need windows 9.

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The Mac

Dx12 for starters

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drevas

What a perceptive question. I'll bet that they figure out something. Meanwhile, still using Windows 7 and loving it.

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macmooda

That doesn't look have bad. Lets hope.

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Baer

I agree. In fact I think it looks good.