By Jen Sweeney
When Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 update, many users were delighted to see the return of the Start button. But the honeymoon phase lasted only a quick second, as users demanded more.
Here we are again with another update in the works, and Microsoft is hoping this one will deliver delight with a bit more longevity. From what the tech press is reporting about improvements for Windows 8.2 (or Windows 9, or “Threshold,” as it is being called), the company has a chance.
Here’s the rumor rundown on 8.2: According to reports, Microsoft will bring back the full start menu for the next release, and will make it possible for users to run Metro/Modern mobile apps in floating windows on the desktop. Writer Paul Thurrott provides a clear overview and interesting backstory in these two articles:
We’re still a long way away from the new version’s actual release (some reports say 2015). We’ll keep you posted on the developments.
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