If you live for Windows 9 leaks, then it’s been a great week for you. We saw a pile of screenshots appear on Thursday and now the same source has revealed a video of the new-look Notification Center in action, which you can view below. As we’ve said before, there’s no guarantee these leaked features are genuine or will make it to the final build, but they’re fun to check out anyway.
The video, shown off on the WinFuture YouTube channel, shows a user clicking through the Notification Center that pops up in the lower right hand corner of the desktop. The alerts cover system events (like the removal of a USB drive) and program notifications (such as incoming Skype messages). The notification pane can be displayed or hidden through an icon on the taskbar.
We’ve heard all kinds of rumors about the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, including a potential release date of April 2015, but as yet there’s nothing official coming out of Redmond. The tech giant will be aiming to further refine the rather awkward combination of Start screen and desktop mode that exists in Windows 8.1. You can also expect to see increasingly closer integration with Windows Phone.
What else can you expect to see besides the Notification Center? Cortana is tipped to be appearing in Windows 9, and we’ve also heard that multiple desktops will be supported as a native feature. The Start menu looks like it’s going to make a comeback, which will please traditionalists, while the ‘Metro’ apps will be accessible from the desktop too. We’ve collected together all the rumors that have been aired so far into one handy guide for you.