Canonical has just released the Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) desktop edition. The company had earlier unveiled Ubuntu 14.04 LTS edition for servers. However, its arrival on the desktop comes as a relief for all those looking to replace the Windows XP. Ubuntu's latest release for the desktop brings a slew of performance improvements. In the words of sources at Canonical, “Users will notice a slicker experience, with improvements to Unity (the user interface).

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The release also includes all the tools required for business use, including remote delivery of applications, compatibility with Windows file formats, browser-based cloud solutions and the Microsoft Office compatible Libreoffice suite." You now get the option to use Unity 8, which is also the UI used on mobile versions of the OS a major step forward in what Canonical terms ‘complete convergence'.

Further, the Ubuntu app store is expected to have a slew of converged apps that will give developers the freedom to write apps just once and make them usable on a string of devices and screen sizes. Users will also be able to choose whether or not they want application menus to appear globally or locally. Canonical has now come up with a replacement for the much-criticized global menu bar.