A Better Look At What’s Next For Windows

Windows 9 – a few thoughts

TechCrunch

Two important things happened this week in Windows: It became more evident that the Windows Phone branding that Microsoft has pressed for years is likely set to fade, and Windows 9 was detailed in greater focus thanks to a large leak.

The two events are linked, given that Microsoft is widely expected to better unite Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone. There won’t be three operating systems, the company has said. To see Microsoft start to call Windows Phone just Windows is further evidence of the company’s strategy to bring Phone into the larger Windows world.

Separately, the Threshold leaks are nearly precisely what you would expect of them: The fusion of some Metro elements into a bolstered desktop. In the new images of what we presume will be called Windows 9, it’s evident that much of what has been discussed and rumored will make it into the operating system.

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