Glimpses of the next version of Windows operating system have been leaked out through few screenshots. It shows just how far Microsoft will go to win back desktop users. The images revealed by ComputerBase.de show that the new Start menu will be a combination of the old Windows 7-era Start menu aspects and Windows 8′s Metro Start screen.
In addition to the Start menu screenshots show the possibility to Modern UI applications like the Windows Store in windowed mode running on the desktop. Few new buttons are also added to the desktop taskbar. A search button is right next to the Start button (in Windows 8.1, there is a search in the Charms Bar).
A new feature ‘Virtual Desktop’ is being introduced in the new flavor of Windows that will let users switch between several sets of desktop and layouts like Ubuntu Linux’s longstanding ‘Workspaces’. On the right side of the taskbar, users can find new notifications buttons, that will likely show messages in a pop-up menu from Windows Store apps.
Windows 9 seems more flatter than Windows 8. Desktop windows now have just a one-pixel border, and some two-dimensional icons have been reworked (check out Explorer icon on the Taskbar).
Internet Explorer has not yet been updated in Windows 9. IE 11 will be pre-installed in new version of Windows.