For Windows 9, Microsoft must leave the legacy Windows desktop behind once and for all, while at the same time converting the Windows masses to seeing the necessity of this step the company's way. To accomplish this, Windows 9 must make the new interface beneficial for as many users as possible, while minimizing the damage from ditched desktops.
Regardless of how the particulars play out, that's the future of Windows. We hope that, in Microsoft's OS franchise, the sequel to Windows 8 will be more like the awesome The Dark Knight and less like the stinker Batman & Robin.
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