Windows 9 Screenshot Leaked
A German website has leaked Windows 9 screenshots from a source that has contracted with Microsoft. The images appear to be from version 9834 of the Windows 9 technical preview – possibly the basis for a long expected public demonstration of the new OS.
Digital Trends takes a closer look at what these images tell us about the next version of Windows.
The new Start menu
The revamped Start menu, which Microsoft teased back at Build 2014 in April, looks very much like other images we’ve seen of it before.
Despite the fact that Microsoft is recommitting itself to the classic desktop experience, these new images once again show a Start menu that has a very Windows 8.1-ish look to it.
To the right of the list of programs and apps you can open are shortcuts of Windows 8.1 apps like People, Calender, OneDrive, Mail, the Windows app store, and more. You can open, uninstall, unpin, or pin things from the Start menu by right-clicking on them, and then selecting the action you desire by left clicking on it.
…now the same source has revealed a video of the new-look Notification Center in action, which you can view below. As we’ve said before, there’s no guarantee these leaked features are genuine or will make it to the final build, but they’re fun to check out anyway.
The video, shown off on the WinFuture YouTube channel, shows a user clicking through the Notification Center that pops up in the lower right hand corner of the desktop. The alerts cover system events (like the removal of a USB drive) and program notifications (such as incoming Skype messages). The notification pane can be displayed or hidden through an icon on the taskbar.
It’s refreshing to see Microsoft finally giving some due attention to the design side of its next OS. This newly leaked Windows 9 video provides a glimpse at some novel new animations.
Novel new animations for the windows, that is to say.
These are visible whenever you launch a new app or maximize a window. Subtle changes, but additions like this should improve the overall experience, while giving some more eye candy to the user interface of the upcoming operating system.