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No Start Menu return for Windows until 2015

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Windows 8 with Start menu

According to an article on ZDNet the Start Menu will not be making a return in Windows 8.1 Update 2, was originally suggested. Instead it will be built into a release which will arrive in 2015.

The ZDNet source does say that, officially, the codename for the version of Windows that sees the return of the much-loved Start Menu is "Threshold". But it's not actually clear of that will be Windows 9, perhaps Windows 8.2 or some other yet-to-be-announced name.

The new look for the Start Menu is, to be fair, something of a hybrid in itself. It is located in the same place as the original, and triggered with the now-returned Start Button, but there is still room for dynamic content in there, along with shortcuts to your favourite programs.

As much stick as Microsoft seems to get for Windows 8, the fact remains that it's a very good operating system now. The company has continued to listen to feedback, and Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a much nicer OS to use than anything Microsoft has released before. There are those who do not, and will never, like the new user interface, but the core OS is rock solid.

In addition to the Start Menu being moved back, it also appears that running "modern" apps in windows on the desktop will also get bumped. These two features will likely appear together, which does make quite a bit of sense given how tied together they are with the death of the Start Screen.

Read more: Windows 8.1 review

Via: ZDNet

toboev

June 3, 2014, 6:26 am

by the time the start menu comes back people will have forgotten all about it and got accustomed to the tile screen, and will likely resent the change!

Beaky69

June 3, 2014, 2:29 pm

Err...no. Windows 8 is an abomination which deserves to die, the sooner the better! Microsoft *could* have given users the choice of whether to use 'Modern UI' instead of the conventional desktop interface, but instead, they decided to FORCE their touch interface in order to promote their line of mobile devices. They deserve the castigation they subsequently received for doing so.

danielfrisbee

June 3, 2014, 5:43 pm

I think they had to do it, otherwise people would be using something like windows xp in 2050, the only way to get people moving was a kick up the ass in this case. I use windows 8 on a laptop and find it to be perfectly good at what it's for. I used to try and make windows 95 look like 3.1, and even as recently as windows 7 pro I still had it so there were no translucent effects etc. We are all naturally disinclined to embrace change. Microsoft would have died in this new converging electronic world without a simplified interface. I'm not saying it's faultless yet, and I don't use the start screen often, but in 5 years time I think a start button would be anachronistic and take longer to use with the new interfaces. For reference I use computers for graphics and animation work. I also think windows phone on my nokia is great. Nice and simple.

Prem Desai

June 4, 2014, 12:27 am

I must be missing something - what exactly is the issue?

I using Windows 7 and 8 (and other OSes) daily. I really do not miss the start menu (it's there by pressing right click anyway.

What is the big deal? Are people rubbishing Windows 8 because of this?

dezign

June 5, 2014, 2:40 am

Just use Stardock's "Start8" app or any of the other 'similiar app (Google Win 8 Start menu app, etc.) that brings back a Win7 type start menu ... I use Start8 works okay -- not exactly the same but almost ...

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