While Windows 8 has been a disaster for Microsoft because it forced desktop users to conform to a tablet format and download Apps which did not function as well as their desktop version.
Word on the superinformationstrasse is that Vole is planning to further merge the Modern UI with the desktop in Windows 9 and might reduce the OS’s use for tablet users.
According to WinBeta, the cunning plan is that tablet users will see the demise of the desktop in Windows 9. Instead Microsoft is set to replace Win32 applications with Modern UI alternatives in Windows 9, meaning Windows is set to get a full on Modern UI facelift when it rolls around next year.
This means that the desktop will no longer have a place for tablet users running Windows RT.
This fits into rumours regarding Windows Phone and Windows RT becoming one operating system. This would see Windows Phone devices and Windows RT tablets run the same operating system with no desktop. If the device hardware requires it, a cut down version of the desktop will be available, but this is not likely to be seen much.
Vole is apparently worried about Chrome OS. It wants to make Windows Phone free, and Windows RT being merged with it. This will use this as the cheaper alternative for OEMs to sell tablets and cheap laptops too.
These laptops will run apps from the Windows Store just like on Chrome OS, which is limited to Chrome OS apps, the Windows Phone/RT devices will be limited to Windows Store apps.
This means that Windows 9 will be different depending on the hardware you use and you will only see a desktop if you are actually on the desktop.
Word on the street is that Microsoft will allow Modern UI apps to run in the desktop, in windowed mode, and have Modern UI apps pinned to the Start Menu instead of a Start Screen.