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Windows 9 screenshots: Microsoft to return fully-fledged desktop

The first screenshots of Windows 9 technical preview have hit the Internet. The new pictures confirm that Microsoft Corp.’s next-generation operating system code-named “Threshold” will resemble Windows 7 in many ways and will return familiar elements. Unfortunately, the whole user interface will remain “Metro”-like.

The screenshots of Windows 6.4 Build 9834 published by ComputerBase.de and WinFuture.de reaffirm that Microsoft will return the fully-fledged desktop experience to Windows 9, at least in a version of Windows 9 aimed at desktops and notebooks. It will be possible to run all programs, including those with Metro UI, in windows, just like screenshots confirm.

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The upcoming operating system will allow to control windows just like in Windows 7 and older OSes, using minimize, maximize and close buttons in the upper right corner. Context menus will also resemble those from older Windows. Many elements of the OS (e.g., icons, logotypes, etc.) resemble those from previous Windows operating systems.

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Since the screenshots were taken in a very early version of Windows 9, a lot of things may change in the final version of the OS.

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Microsoft plans to release public preview of Windows 9 later this month or in early October. The software giant intends to launch its next OS commercially in the first half of 2015.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: The screenshots do not reveal a lot of things about Windows 9, but confirm that Microsoft decided to wed Metro UI with experience from the older Windows. While in general this seems to be the right decision, the Metro interface is just not really beautiful, which means that many users will not like Windows 9 just like they disliked Windows 8.

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