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New Windows 9 rumors: Can the charms, clone the Desktop

Woody Leonhard | Aug. 11, 2014
Independently confirmed Windows 9 rumors have Microsoft dropping Charms Bar and adding 'virtual Desktops,' an obscure feature from XP and Win7.

It'll be very interesting to see if the Windows 9 virtual Desktops behave similarly. Perhaps Russinovich's taking time off the celebrity book circuit to lend a hand with the Threshold dev team.

There's an entire industry of Windows virtual Desktop add-ins -- Dexpot, Finestra, mdesktop, Virtual Dimension, VirtuaWin, and others -- many of which have fallen into disrepair. Virtual Desktops are ancient in the Linux world, venerable on the Mac, and nothing new in Windows. We'll have to wait and see whether Windows 9 includes a compelling twist.

Of course, everyone still expects Windows 9 to include a live tile Start menu on the Desktop and resizable Metro app windows on the desktop, per Terry Myerson's demo at the Build conference.

Ain't it kind of funny that we start getting corroborated rumors about Windows 9 features shortly after Microsoft shot a hole in all of the Windows 8.1 Update 2 speculation? Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom hasn't lost its touch.

Source: InfoWorld


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