Windows 9 oncepts: Designers imagine the next Microsoft OS

Windows 9 logoWindows 8.1 is here, but unfortunately for some users, it brings almost no visual improvements, except for a Start button that doesnt do anything else than taking them to the Start screen.

Users who hoped to see an improvement in the way Windows looks like have now turned their attention to Windows 9, the upcoming full version of the operating system thats expected to be launched next year.

While theres evidence that Windows 9 is a work in progress at Microsoft, Redmond has remained completely tight-lipped on this project, so there are no clear details on the operating system.

And still, designers have been hard at work to create concepts that envision the upcoming Windows 9, a release thats expected to address some of the complaints targeting Windows 8s visual elements.

Most of these concepts comprise a fully featured Start button that actually launches a Start Menu, so its pretty obvious that users still hope to see such an option returning to their desktop operating systems.

Unfortunately, thats unlikely to happen, as Microsoft has already pledged to keep the Start screen in future Windows releases.

The Start screen is here to stay, Microsofts outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer said with several occasions, while adding that its only just a matter of time until people really get used to it.

This concept brings some Windows 8.1 lock screen features right on the desktop. Credits: DeviantArt user RMNSkin

This time, the designer has used Linux as inspiration for his own concept. Credits: p0isonParadise on DeviantArt

One concept that comes with a full Start Menu. Credits: MarkusMcNugen on DeviantArt

The launch of Windows 9 is projected to take place in later 2014 or early 2015. Either way, expect a public beta to be released sometime next year.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 9

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