[Wishlist] Features You Want to See in Next Windows Version
Almost all of us are aware of the new Windows 8 OS released by Microsoft. Basically it has been developed as a combination of previous Windows 7 and a new user interface known as "Metro UI" or "Modern UI" which has been developed specifically for touch enabled devices such as Tablets.
Windows 8 comes with new Start Screen which has replaced the good old Start Menu. Many people don't like this new replacement and they prefer to use 3rd party software to get the Start Menu back as given here. At the same time there are a few users who love this new Start Screen in Windows 8.
Along with the new Start Screen, Microsoft has also added a new component to Windows 8 which is called "Charms Bar". It looks like a sidebar and appears on screen when you move your mouse cursor to top-right corner of screen. It contains a few shortcuts such as search, share, devices, settings to help you in easily accessing those things.
Since Microsoft has tried to make one single OS for 2 different devices i.e. computers and tablets, many people have complaints with this new OS. Now Windows 8 development has been finished and we can't expect any change or addition to this OS but we can hope that Microsoft will listen to users complaints and requests and will fix things in the next version of Windows.
Currently we don't know when will the next version of Windows release? Also we don't know what will be the name of the next Windows version? May be Microsoft continues using numbers for the names of future Windows versions? In this way, the next Windows version should come with the name "Windows 9". But these are only speculations and we can't say much at the moment.
But there is one thing which we can do. We can create a wishlist of the features and changes which we want to see in the next Windows version. So today in this topic, we are going to share a list of few changes and suggestions which we want to see in upcoming Windows version:
1. Allow Users to Choose Between Start Screen and Start Menu
Windows 8 Start Screen looks good but there is no doubt that it was developed mainly for touch enabled devices. The big tiles can be very useful for tablet users but Desktop and laptop users don't need them. They just want small icons to launch their favorite programs. They don't want to fill whole computer screen with tiles.
So next Windows version should come with old Start Menu along with the new Start Screen and it should allow users to choose between Start Screen or Start Menu.
Microsoft can put an option somewhere such as in Taskbar Properties to select whether the user wants to use Start Screen or Start Menu as mentioned in 1st point here.
It'll please both kind of people who love the new Start Screen or who miss the good old Start Menu.
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2. Allow Users to Login Directly into Desktop
One of the most annoyances faced by Windows 8 users is the direct boot into Start Screen. When you turn on a Windows 8 machine, it directly boots into Start Screen and then you have to click on Desktop tile to go to Desktop. Although its not a big deal but after some time it becomes quite irritating to always click on Desktop tile to go to Desktop.
At the moment Windows 8 users are taking help of 3rd party software to boot directly into Windows 8 Desktop as given here but the next Windows version should come with an option to enable/disable this behavior. Next Windows version should allow users to select whether they want to boot directly into Desktop or they want to go to Start Screen.
3. Allow Users to Turn On / Off Charms Bar
The new Charms Bar is useful when you are working on Start Screen or in a Metro app but its useless on Desktop. Many times when you try to close a program window by moving your mouse cursor to top-right corner to click on Close button, the new Charms Bar appears automatically even though you don't want to use it. It might become annoying after a few days of using Windows 8.
Again Windows 8 users can disable Charms Bar and other hot corners with the help of 3rd party software as mentioned here but why should we use extra tools to turn on/off these kind of built-in features?
The next Windows version should allow users to turn on/off this new Charms Bar. It should provide an option to users to select whether they just want to disable Charms Bar on Desktop or they want to completely disable it.
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4. Allow Users to Turn On / Off Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer
Similar to Office 2013 and previous Office versions, Microsoft has implemented Ribbon UI in Windows 8 Explorer which has replaced the previous Command Bar present in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Ribbon UI is very useful addition as it provides quick and easy access to many frequently used menus and buttons in Windows Explorer but many people don't like ribbons at all. Currently Windows 8 users are taking help of various tweaks to disable ribbon in Windows Explorer as mentioned here.
The next Windows version should allow users to turn on/off Ribbon in Windows Explorer. Once the user disables Ribbon, the old Command Bar should appear in place of it. Microsoft can put an option to enable/disable Ribbon UI in Folder Options as mentioned in 3rd point here.
5. Provide Quick and Easy Access to Power Options
In previous Windows versions all power options such as shut down, restart, hibernate, etc could be accessed quickly and easily from Start Menu. Anyone could easily find those options within seconds but Microsoft made it a little difficult in Windows 8. Now these power options have been moved into Settings charms present in Charms Bar which are hard to find for a first time Windows 8 user.
Some time back we shared a Registry tweak to add all these power options in Desktop context menu so that you can easily access these options by just right-click on Desktop. Interested people can read more about this tweak here.
The next Windows version should provide an easier access to these power options. The best place to put these options would be the user picture menu which appears when you click on your user picture given on Start Screen. Currently it contains 3 options: Change account picture, Lock and Sign out. Microsoft should add other power options in the same menu as mentioned here.
It'll definitely help people.
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6. Bring Back Aero Glass Transparency
When Microsoft introduced Aero glass transparency in Windows Vista, everyone was very excited about it. People started creating themes and skins for Windows Vista and other Windows versions to feature the new transparency effect. Microsoft kept the transparency effect in Windows 7 but suddenly they decided to remove it from Windows 8.
Microsoft should bring back Aero glass transparency in next Windows version. If they think that it slows down system, they can turn it off by default but they should provide an option to enable it again for interested users.
7. Allow Users to Change Color and Font Type
I can't understand why did Microsoft remove this feature from Windows 8? In previous Windows versions, users were able to change font color and font type using Desktop Personalization window but Microsoft removed this feature from Windows 8. Now you can't change background color, font color or font style in Windows 8. Although there are Registry tweaks to customize these settings as given here.
In next Windows version, Microsoft should put this removed feature back so that people can customize the font and color according to their requirements.
8. Show New Windows Update Notification on Desktop
Another useful feature which has been removed from Windows 8 is the Desktop notification alerts for new Windows updates. In previous Windows versions, when there were new updates waiting for download or installation, Windows used to show a notification in Taskbar notification area. It helped users in immediately installing required updates.
But Microsoft removed this feature from Windows 8 and now these notifications are only displayed on login screen. Again Windows 8 users need to use 3rd party software to bring this feature back in Windows 8 as given here.
The next Windows version should bring back this useful feature to help users in installing important updates.
9. Allow Users to Turn On / Off Lock Screen
The new lock screen introduced in Windows 8 looks great but to be honest its not very useful for Desktop users. It might be useful for tablet users but for Desktop and laptop users it only helps in adding an extra step to log into Windows.
Microsoft provides a group policy option to disable this lock screen but normal users will not be able to find this option.
The next Windows version should provide an option to turn lock screen on/off in such a place which is easy to find such as Taskbar Properties.
10. Allow Users to Use Their Desired Image as Start Screen Background
The new Start Screen in Windows 8 is not very customizable. Microsoft has provided a few built-in images which can be used to change Start Screen background. But users can't set any other image as Start Screen background.
11. Allow Users to Add New Shortcuts in Win+X Menu
One interesting and very useful addition to Windows 8 is the new "Win+X" menu which can be accessed by right-clicking on bottom-left corner of screen or by pressing Win+X keys together. It provides access to some frequently used programs such as Command Prompt, System Properties, Task Manager, Control Panel, Run, etc.
But Windows 8 doesn't allow you to add new shortcuts to this menu. The next Windows version should allow users to add new shortcuts to this menu as well as remove unwanted shortcuts from the menu.
12. Fix Bugs Present in Windows 8
Since the new Windows version will be developed using Windows 8 programming code, the existing Windows 8 bugs should also be fixed in next version of Windows.
We have found a few bugs while working on Windows 8. We hope Microsoft will fix them in next Windows version:
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That's all for now. We are going to forward these suggestions to Microsoft. Feel free to share your suggestions in your comment. Also share or forward this topic to your friends...
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