In Pictures: 15 Windows 9 features we want to see in Microsoft's next OS

Windows 9 can right the wrongs (both real and perceived) inflicted by Windows 8, as well as make Microsoft more competitive with Apple and Google.

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UI hints for the Charms bar The new Power and Search icons that appear on the Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update are a big help, but far too many vital features are still hidden away behind the Charms bar. There’s absolutely no visual indicator that the Charms bar is even there, and worse yet, it’s essentially the menu bar for all Metro apps.

Yes, you get used to the Charms bar over time, but I still see it trip up new or infrequent Windows 8 users far too often. So why not add a slight glow or indicator to the bottom-right corner so that novices know the crucial options exist. Or add an option to pin the bar to the side of the screen. Or even better yet…

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