The bad news: the Start Screen isn't going anywhere in the next version of Windows. The good news: it will be much, much better.

WinBeta reports that Microsoft's next operating system codenamed Threshold, will include an updated Modern/Metro user interface when it launches in 2015. Here's what it will reportedly get:

  • No more desktop on Windows tablets to prevent the constant Desktop-Metro jarring.
  • An honest-to-goodness real, live Start menu on the desktop (yay!).
  • Interactive live tiles on the Start Screen, which means you won't have to open an entire app just to look something up.
  • A much-needed Notification Center.
  • A Cortana live tile.

Interesting.