Windows 9
A concept image of Windows 9

Microsoft's next major update for its desktop operating system is again in the news and new details revealing its features have emerged.

Windows Threshold, which is expected to be called Windows 9, will sport a distinctive UI, claims Neowin after speaking to sources familiar with the matter.

Having a refreshed UI, the Windows 9 will not confuse users with Windows 7 or Windows 8. The desktop powered by Windows 8 looks identical to that of Windows 7 whereas the UI in Windows Threshold will look modern and slightly flat, say sources.

The taskbar in the next version of Windows is believed to have improved functionality as the icons in the taskbar will be interactive. The source describes it as mini Live Tiles.

Microsoft's personal digital assistant, Cortana, can also be accessed from the taskbar in Windows Threshold. Microsoft is reportedly considering Cortana to be easily accessible on Windows. However, the location of Cortana could be changed and the functionality can be scrapped altogether.

Besides, modern apps will run inside a classic window with a title bar like they work in Modern Mix. The modern apps will run more natively in the desktop and are flat having no titlebar. The Windows update will also bring desktop widgets. With all these, Microsoft is reportedly trying to make the desktop background more useful rather than having a static image.

The Windows 9, in a related news, will include the Start button, which is missing in the previous Windows 8.