Listen up Microsoft, here’s everything we want to see in Windows Threshold

Zac Bowden

Windows Threshold (unofficial,

We recently asked our readers a rather important question, a question which could alter the course of reality forever. OK, maybe not that drastic, but it’s most certainly an interesting question which raised a few interesting ideas. What would you like to see in the 2015 release of Windows?

Lots of you had your say on this particular topic. So we’ve narrowed it down to the most popular ideas. Some of these features are actually useful and most likely a good idea, whereas others are pretty much pet peeves and little things we’d like to be changed. Let’s get started:

New Desktop Icons: Seriously, Microsoft. It’s been 6 years since Windows Vista launched. We are ‘TIRED’ of the current desktop icons, they really need a refresh. If you’re planning to further merge the desktop with the Modern UI, you need to update those icons.

Desktop Program integration: Windows Store apps are great for live tiles, they offer a quick glance at everything going on within a certain app. Unfortunately, they are only available for Windows Store apps and nothing more. The desktop is removed from being able to utilize the tile live functionality. In Windows Threshold, we’d like to see Desktop programs utilize live tiles.

Window controls in Windows Store apps: This is rather interesting. A few of our readers said it’d be nice if Microsoft added the ability to Maximize, Minimize and Close Windows Store apps with windowed controls. They’d appear in the top right much like the Charm menu works. We recently heard about Threshold being able to run Windows Store apps in desktop mode, so if this is true the inclusion of window controls is a must.

Extended Taskbar support: The Taskbar in Windows is one of the most vital features of all the operating system, especially on desktops. Why not have the taskbar display itself in the Modern UI, on the Start Screen and such? Better, why not have Windows Store apps be pin-able on the Taskbar, much like a desktop app?

Multiple Desktops: Linux and Mac users are rather fond of this ability, us Windows users are not. We’d like the ability to have multiple desktops, allowing for even more windows and apps to run simultaneously. C’mon Microsoft, make it happen.

Tabbed File Explorer: Does anymore need to be said with this? Add tabs to the File Explorer. Would make it so much more convenient.

Desktop Live Tile: The desktop tile in Windows 8.1 is rather limited. It’s just the desktop wallpaper. Make it live, show open Windows, the time and maybe even a battery percentage. Make it more productive.

Of course, we also had people asking for the return of the Start Menu and such, but this feature has already been rumored to be making a return so we didn’t include it.

So, there you have it. Just some of the many features you all suggested to us. Keep suggesting more ideas, and let’s hope Microsoft is listening to its users and at least considering some of these ideas. If you like, you can check out all the suggestions here.