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Microsoft to bring Start menu back to Windows 8 this summer

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Microsoft to bring Start menu back to Windows 8 this summer

The Start menu will return to Windows this summer as part of "update 2" according to a Microsoft source.

When Microsoft announced Windows 8 originally, there was some anger at the removal of the Start menu, and the introduction of the new, modern user interface. Now though, Microsoft plans to bring the Start menu back in Windows update 2, which will roll out in the coming months.

The move follows widespread criticisms of Microsoft for not catering for desktop users with Windows 8, many of whom are the lucrative business customers who use Windows on work computers. The feeling was that Windows 8 was just too drastic-looking to easily replace the aging Windows XP and Vista machines currently adorning most desks.

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The new-look start menu appears to be something of a hybrid between the Windows 7 start menu with bits of the Windows 8 user interface thrown in where relevant. This, along with the return of the Start button in Windows 8.1 update 1, signals a reversal in thinking at Microsoft, which was previously bullish about the advantages of its new look OS.

The firm seems to be keen to keep adjusting Windows 8 based on feedback from users, something it should be comended for. And while some might see it as an admission of failure, it's surely better to tweak something to keep your loyal users happy.

Along with the return of the Start menu, there will also be the option to run "Modern" apps - formerly called Metro apps - in a window on the desktop. This makes a lot of sense for business users, especially those on desktop computers, as the larger, Modern UI looks out of place on non-touch devices.

Windows 8 remains a good operating system at its core, but history will no doubt remember it with something approaching the hatred that has been applied to Vista, another basically good OS that needed time to find its feet.

Via: The Verge

MikeX

April 24, 2014, 3:35 pm

Once they bring back a Windows 7 style Start Menu and allow the modern apps to run in a window on the desktop there will be no reason to hate Windows 8.

Shame the option was not there on day one for desktop users!

Asok Asus

April 25, 2014, 3:41 am

Microsoft is in trash mode big time right now: Windows 8 to Windows
8.1 (with a different version number yet, actually meaning a different
operating system), then "Update 1", and then Update 2, all in a period
of a year, and using new terminology for what an update is, using
multiple different methods for updating, and with some VERY important
updates NOT being delivered by WSUS, and all in a period of a year. And
soon there will be Windows 9. Three operating system versions and two
major "updates" in two years means FIVE different platform variations
in TWO years, and no real improvement in terms of corporate
productively, in fact, productivity has regressed for any enterprise
foolish enough to embrace Windows 8 on the PC. Oh, yeah, and I'm not
even counting Windows RT and its variations.

This unnecessary
upheaval is causing both the enterprise and software developers to be
going out of their minds. Thus Microsoft is busily obliterating their
two big monopolistic advantages: stability and application ubiquity.
Software developers are fleeing Microsoft in droves to develop for iOS
and Android instead, and the enterprise will soon be fleeing the
instability of Windows as much as possible, probably to a combination
of Android, iOS and Linux..

Good heavens, it's amazing to see
such a megalithic monopoly self-destruct so rapidly and so completely.
Heck, it took IBM almost 10 years to sink this badly before they arose
from their own ashes.

Keith

April 25, 2014, 4:02 pm

MS, don't appear to be sinking.. -> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/busi...

asdhfkjas

June 10, 2014, 1:37 am

That new start menu looks great. If they had done that originally Windows 8 would have actually been good...

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