But I do know about a few changes that Microsoft is planning for what my sources have described as “the next version of Windows,” which I assume is Threshold. (Though to be clear, they never used this name.) And they’re big news.
Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.
Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It’s possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.
I already use third party apps – ModernMIx, Classic Start Menu – to achieve this functionality with Windows 8.1 Pro. It lets me use my Asus T100 in a default notebook/standard Win desktop mode, but switch over to the Modern, touch-oriented interface when in tablet mode.
Works for me. I want the best of both modes. I think Microsoft is finally figuring out that I’m not alone in this.