Microsoft is gearing up to start releasing frequent updates to Windows 8.1, but new details on its next major OS launch are starting to spill out. Thanks to a fresh report from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, we’re starting to learn how Microsoft is going to attract users who have otherwise been turned off by the design of Windows 8.
Microsoft is reportedly going to ditch the “Charms Bar” that’s currently present in Windows 8.1. That’s the small bar that pops up on the right-side of the screen in Windows and lets users quickly access search, share items, the start menu, devices and computer settings. Microsoft is reportedly also going to allow for virtual desktops in Windows 9, according to Neowin. It sounds like that’s similar to the “Spaces” feature in OS X, which allows you to quickly switch between multiple workspaces with the tap of a button or a gesture on your mousepad. We’re also still waiting for the full return of the start menu, which has already been confirmed by Microsoft.
Foley said Microsoft is working to push a public preview of Windows 9 sometime this fall, but that the full release might not hit until 2015.