Windows 9 Threshold looks a lot like Windows 7

Behold the return of the Start menu and Microsoft backing away from the Metro vision
Windows 9 Threshold looks a lot like Windows 7

Apparently Microsoft is finally getting the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" message and is bringing back some old features into the new OS - like the Start menu.

If you haven't heard, Microsoft's next version of Windows is apparently named "Threshold" and it will be arriving around early 2015.

Fancy name or not, it's not going to stop people calling it plain old Windows 9. It seems the goal is to woo those people stubbornly holding on to Windows 7 despite Windows 8.1 addressing some key complaints.

What's clear is that the Threshold OS will apparently, like Windows 8.1, display differently according to what hardware it's running on. In 8.1, touch and mobile devices saw a Metro interface Start Menu while desktops would either run in the Win 32/Desktop display.

More familiar features

Windows 9 Threshold looks a lot like Windows 7

Unlike previous versions of Windows that would be uniform across all platforms, Microsoft is trying to make the OS more adaptible to the various devices people are using. The Desktop environment will apparently not be visible at all on mobile devices, though apps running and displaying side-by-side will still be possible.

Microsoft seems to be wisening up to the truth that not everyone wants or is embracing touch on the desktop and is customising the experience for those with ordinary non-touch devices. What will be welcome is the return of the Start menu, though it is called the 'Mini Start Menu' - a smaller, more customisable feature.

Rumours are that a public preview of Threshold will be available later this year in the fall. Before that, expect one more update for Windows 8.1 which will have a few tweaks but nothing that will be majorly noticeable.

It's a pity that Windows 8 has become a Vista 2.0 for Microsoft when the OS isn't exactly bad, just not quite as easy to adapt to for non-touchscreen device users.

Here's our take on the Windows 8.1 update and what it did for the OS.