Windows 9 release date, features: What to expect?

Windows 9 release date, features: What to expect?
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“Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we’ll be releasing Windows 9,” Alain Crozier stated at a press conference.

Despite other officials remaining tight-lipped on Windows 9, Crozier seemingly let slip that the world will soon be able to see just how much has changed since the disaster that was Windows 8.

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Leaving Windows 8 behind

Windows 8 alienated many users with the introduction of the colorful tile menu in lieu of the classic start menu. Speculation abounds that the start menu will make a return in Windows 9, although users will be able to use tiles if they prefer.

Windows 9 is expected to feature Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana, as well as the ability to switch between multiple desktops, which according to Expert Reviews is “a great productivity tool and something that Windows has been missing for a long time”.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was at the cutting edge of operating system design last time out, and leaked screenshots have shown that Windows 9 will feature even thinner window edges and planer icons than its predecess