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New Windows 9 screenshots give us a closer look at the desktop, start menu and taskbar

By Shawn Knight ยท 57 replies
Sep 11, 2014
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  1. A couple of German tech sites have published nearly two dozen Windows 9 "Threshold" screenshots. The images allegedly come from the "Windows Technical Preview," a version of the operating system that is expected to be available later this month.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    I like it a lot more than windows 8, but I don't like how colorful it is. Maybe if you can do a monochrome theme I could accept the UI on the start menu, but all those colors make it look like a kids toy. It looks far from "professional". For a gaming computer, sure, it's cool. However, I wouldn't want to look at that all day in the office in front of my computer.
  3. Opus

    Opus TS Enthusiast Posts: 49

    I wouldn't mind the colors but that should have been the path from desktop to metro interface and finally introduction of Windows 8 Metro interface in this version. M$ introduced Metro out of nowhere and it dropped like a bomb on users. Hopefully this iteration of Windows will not disappoint users.
  4. elemental

    elemental TS Member

    Looks like windows 8 with stardock software only not as visually appealing
    hammer2085 likes this.
  5. Nobody want Metro interface.
    Windows 8 = Windows 7 - Start button-menu
    Windows 9 = Windows 8 + Start button-menu
    Who remember?
    And the new Windows 7 will be revolutionary different than previous Windows versions.
    Will running on very small microkernels, every application will use own kernels and no system crash anymore.
    and the Windows 7 = Windows Vista - DRM
    There is no change almost since Windows 95.
    But after Windows 7 no need any change bc its perfect.
    Maybe too perfect for humans.
  6. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 568   +25

    Well perfect except search indexing and major scaling issues to 4K
    ikesmasher likes this.
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 669   +245

    Ohhh ahhh, look at all the pretty colors. Errr, well, I mean, look at all the pretty green and white. *cough, *cough*.
    Windows 9 = Failure. Same square windows, same 4-bit color pallette. It still looks, as yRaz says, like a toy. It looks like an operating system for pre-schoolers. How can Microsoft be this retarded? So they think that putting a mini start menu back into the next release is all that they needed to do to woo millions of holdouts back into their cash cow? *sigh*

    Oh my God. I guess this is it then. Windows 7 for life. Sad but true.
    psycros likes this.
  8. So long as I am not forced to create a Microsoft account I may consider it. I built a computer for a friend who wanted 8.1 and was forced to make an account for him... I hate things that force me to make accounts like that. I'll stick with 7 as long as I can.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,802   +1,539

    As usual, Microsoft is wasting far too much time on these customized front ends. Give us back a simple front end that we can tailor for ourselves and put the effort into functionality, more genuinely worthwhile utilities and better over all controls. If they must continue this, then put out two versions, making the PRO the one with a simpler user interface and leave the baby block version to those more easily amused!
    EClyde likes this.
  10. zavrix

    zavrix TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +12

    Looks like a modern version of windows 3.1
    georgetoad and Mbloof like this.
  11. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,689   +1,088

    And Google laughed and laughed and laughed.
  12. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Addict Posts: 231   +72

  13. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    LOL! I was thinking about Windows 3.1 the other day, when I was downloading a 100 MB iTunes update... Thinking to myself, "Windows 3.1 was a entire operating system which its install fit in about 6 MB of disk space. What the heck is in this iTunes install?!" But yeah, Windows 9 pictures do look a bit like Windows 3.1. Especially the 2nd picture with the PC Settings.
  14. You DO know that everything is completely changeable via the control panel, correct? =_= that includes all of those colors. and a theme. sooo um. yeah.
  15. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 303   +71

    After all this time, MS still have icon with solid background (e.g. the Modern-UI based icons like Settings). They just look so out of place. It would have made it much more sleek if all the icons are consistent with a transparent background.
  16. Great, I reaaaally need a way to search with bing in everyplace of my pc. I can't live without bing..... oh, and the windows phone like control panel...thank you microsoft :confused:
  17. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,046   +321

    Win 8 ain't bad as long as I am using Classic Shell. I can pretty much much ignore most of the bad interface that way. As for gaming, I have no problems with the few games I have tried but my Win 8 computer is my backup and is used only for trying things out. 9 looks like hellish as 8.

    I don't think there has been much adoption of the Win 8 interface look by other software companies but I have noticed some. I wish none had but what I wish more is that Win 8 would be ignored as a test bench. That may all be clear it may not
  18. You weren't forced to make an account for Windows 8.x. People are so uneducated about Windows 8.x its mind boggling.
    spectrenad and Arris like this.
  19. "You weren't forced to make an account for Windows 8.x. People are so uneducated about Windows 8.x its mind boggling."

    There are several options hide or non intuitive that you have to look for them. And they say windows 8 UI is made to be more intuitive, ha.
    Arris likes this.
  20. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 669   +245

    But that's the impression that Microsoft wanted to give to people and so that's the impression that they have. If you read enough news stories about the whole Windows 8 catastrophe you will learn that even the developers regret some of the decisions they made. So, forced, no? But did they want to make it look that way? Yes.
  21. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 669   +245

    How do you ignore the square windows? If you can tell me that I might think about upgrading to Windows 9. How do you ignore a catastrophic interface that permeates the entire operating system? I am sorry but adding(or bringing back a start menu) just isn't enough.
  22. I love it when a company self-destructs.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    I think all the quoted text above has said enough for me. I will stand behind the quotes above and wait for further details.
  24. Red87

    Red87 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I don't. I'm actually a fan of ModernUI. The performance gains from Windows 7 to 8 were worth it alone. Not to mention that Win7 will not be able to support future monitor resolutions or newer versions of DirectX, if you're going to want to keep current you will have to upgrade. Lots of people don't like the 'flat' look of it, but honestly a LOT of UI design is going that way nowdays, not just MS. 5 years ago everything was about skeumorphism; design styles change, not everyone is going to like where trends go.

    And also, all those colors and everything? They're totally changeable. And if you don't like it, I'm sure by launch people will have custom shells and start menus that you can install, though I wouldn't be suprised if on the Pro edition that you'll have the capability to turn it all off to bring a more traditional start menu back. Win 8.1 is a huge improvement over Win7, just for the search and admin tools alone. I'm looking forward to 9.
  25. I'm using win7, win8 en OSX snce a lot of time.
    Indeed UI experience didn't change much since win95 & OS9.

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