Should Windows 9 steal more features from Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Can features found in Linux make Windows 9 better? Plus: Multiple desktops in Linux are still better than in Windows 9, and the future of Linux games might not be a bright one

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Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 9 in a desperate attempt to recover from the Windows 8 debacle that angered many users and generated a ton of media criticism. The Register recently noted that Microsoft was apparently...er...inspired by Linux in one feature found in Windows 9, and now PC World thinks that there are five more great features that Microsoft should...er...borrow from Linux.

According to PC World:

If the latest Windows 9 leaks are any indication, some of the operating system's coolest new features will look a lot like what Linux users already enjoy: Like the virtual desktops Linux users have had since the 90’s, and a centralized notification center like the one available in GNOME Shell.

But there are other great Linux features Microsoft should copy, too. And hey, I'm not just complaining here—Windows would legitimately be better if they stole these features. As Apple once said: “Redmond, start your photocopiers.”

1. A Package manager (desktop store).

2. Software repositories (open app store).

3. Easy always-on-top for application windows.

4. Web app integration.

5. Tiling window management.

More at PC World

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so I wouldn't blame Microsoft if they "borrowed" some of these features from Linux. It would make more sense than some of the bizarre things they did in Windows 8 that irritated so many people, and it might make Windows 9 much better than it would be otherwise.

However, it would also probably indicate that innovation and creative thoughts are in short supply these days at Microsoft. And that's not a good thing at all for that company. Given the money it has, and the huge number of employees, you'd think that Microsoft could come up with some great ideas on their own.

I'm not optimistic about Microsoft's future, they still seem to be stumbling these days and somehow I doubt that Windows 9 - not matter how much it poaches from Linux - is really going to save them. The world is moving on from the days of Microsoft's desktop dominance, and that's a good thing for all of us.

Why multiple desktops are still better in Linux than in Windows 9

Speaking of Windows 9, Softpedia explains why multiple desktops in Linux work better than the ones we've seen so far in Microsoft's upcoming operating system.

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