Microsoft's Windows 'Threshold' expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms

    Posted: 06 Aug 2014

    The next version of Windows, codenamed "Threshold," is going to include some fairly major user interface changes beyond the inclusion of the new Start menu and "Modern" app windowing.

    A couple of reports from earlier this week cited some other interface changes coming to Threshold. My sources are corroborating those reports.

    First up, as reported by Brad Sams at, Microsoft is moving toward adding virtual desktops to Threshold, the Windows release expected in the spring of 2015. As Sams noted, other operating systems, including Apple's OS X and Ubuntu, already support virtual desktops, which allow users to run and switch more easily between apps and groups of apps.

    The other UI change coming to Threshold is the elimination of the Charms Bar, as first reported by
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    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    06 Aug 2014

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    Interesting, a lot could change before we actually see it for real though. Can't say as I'll actually miss the charms bar. It's not something I use very much.
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    Personally I have always considered the Charms Bar more of a nuisance than anything and wouldn't miss it a bit. :)
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    I use it every now and then, but yes it can be a nuisance. I turned that edge swipe feature off on my laptop. Now it only comes up when I actually want it.
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  4. Lee
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    . . .to each their own, albeit the charms bar isn't for me either. . .:)
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    There are programs that already allow multiple desktops, and I never really seen much use in it. With Ubuntu I never used them. I guess I have enough problems organizing 1 desktop.

    BUT, being a user of dual monitors I could see where virtual desktops could be extremely helpful.

    If they are the removing the charms bar, I am not certain that would be a good move either. As a desktop user, that is the only part of Metro I interact with, easier for me to bring up charms bar than click in corner to switch to Metro. I don't want to see a dual Start Menu that has legacy and Metro apps in the same screen, for me it is easier to switch, from desktop to Metro, less confusing. I already have that with Start8 and never use it to bring up apps. Microsoft is so wacky.

    They simply need to have a windows 7 desktop interface and their Metro, it is really that easy, everyone is happy. Seems they are trying to reinvent the wheel.
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