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Leaked Windows 9 Screenshots Show a Start Menu and a Little More Windows

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Microsoft has been steadily improving Windows 8, but naturally there's still a new version in the works. And according to some leaked screenshots of a dev build obtained by Myce, it'll include both the Start Menu we know is on the way, but also windowed Metro/Modern-style apps.

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The duo of screenshots obtained by Myce are from a Windows build called "Threshold," a project wildly held to be Windows 9 in everything but name. And though we've known that a Start Menu is in the works for a Windows 8 update somewhere down the line, fully windowed apps have never been on the table. That said, apps in the Windows 8.1 Update are almost there, complete with menu bars as well as close and minimize buttons; the only think missing is an option to resize.

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If it ultimately allows resizable apps that can run on the desktop and a start menu, Windows 9 would be a pretty sharp turn away from the future that Windows 8 promised; more like Windows 7 with an app store and a touch-friendly UI option. But the most important feature Windows 9 would have is a brand new name and a fresh start. [Myce via The Verge]

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I generally embrace change, but a problem I would have with Metro apps is the inability to keep as many windows on the screen at once as I need. I know you can snap one to the side of the main app, but that's not good enough to me. I need to be able to keep 3-5 windows open and visible while i work (particularly if i'm connected to a second screen at the office).

My typical workflow is to write a report in Word while I have reference documents open to the side in Acrobat, Outlook, and Excel. I cannot do one window at a time. This is why my productivity on an iPad, for example, is limited (I've tried to integrate it into my workflow, and it's great for certain things, but limited).

So if they are allowing windowed Metro apps in the next version, then we are getting somewhere. Sorry I know it's back-tracking, but it's a necessary option.