Features Windows 9 should borrow from Linux

Windows 9 is making the news with Linux like features. Today we are going to discuss five more features that should be taken into consideration by Windows to make it more of an Operating System and less like a turtle.

Linux is an open-source operating system, an open-source initiative started by Linux Torvalds in 1991. Because of the open-source nature, it gets updated very often, releasing a stable version every six months. Windows on the other hand releases a major operating system generally over a span of 2 years from the past windows operating system.

Let’s discuss over the features that Windows should borrow and hopefully improve it over the span of implementing their own version.

  1. Package Manager


Linux has this amazing package Manager, a central hub for maintaining and downloading apps whenever necessary. Users can download apps ranging from Firefox, Image editor Gimp, Libra office to education apps. These way users don’t have to run to the web, for small software downloads. They just can hover over the Package Manger to make their system as adept as it can at any moment.

On the other hands, Microsoft has seen many versions of the App store, starting from “Metro apps” to “Modern app” to “Immersive apps” to “Windows 8- style apps”, and finally “Store apps”.

And that too, this centralized hub doesn’t offer much rather than providing a platform for scammers to provide guides for you to install free desktop software.

This is the right time for Microsoft to make their Operating System adapt to the Package Manager mantra.

  1. Software Repositories

2-software-updater-updates-all-applications-alt-mediumLinux is not limited with own “package repositories”, similar to what we all are plagued with exclusivity of Microsoft Windows Store on Windows and Apple’s Mac App Store on Mac OS X. Instead, Linux package repositories offer other software to list their own package repository.

This means that if you install software X, then the software X repository can updated or managed using package mangers.  This can eliminate the need of own separate repository and can streamline the whole experience.

  1. Always on Top feature

A smallish and childish feature than enhances the overall functionality of the Windows management. This feature lets the user select any window and stay at top forever. These way users can easily work with one active window at top.

  1. Web app integration

Web apps are on rise with almost desktop users installing individual apps for their use. Apps like outlook.com, Facebook and Google Docs are frequently used by the user. Windows users have to download each application individually and that’s not awesome!!

Ubuntu on the other hand have read the current situation correctly and offered “web app integration”. Web app integration is an easy way for web services to integrate with your desktop environment.

Twitter and Gmail are by default integrated into Ubuntu’s desktop “messaging menu” so that users can easily see new emails and tweets in one place.

Music applications like Rdio and Grooveshark are also integrated with the music menu.

This is a great drawback for windows in terms of functionality and user accessibility. And it is highly recommended to be implemented by Microsoft.

  1. Tiling Window management

Tilting Window Management works by managing the windows to go instead of you. This can look fancy in the first glance but is very useful feature when you have lots of windows are open at the same time.

Windows have slight glimpse of this feature but on full-screen “Modern” interface. But this should be on the Desktop. When lots of apps are open on the large screen, they are either vertically or horizontally aligned.

Well, that’s enough for now! Windows can improve my mile and these are just few things that Windows should implement in their next update!! Let’s wait and watch!

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