Start Menu May Finally Return Late This Year

The long-lived Start Menu was removed in Windows 8 and was partly brought back in Windows 8.1. But obviously, it still wasn’t enough to satisfy people who spend their most of time on Desktop.

Fortunately, Microsoft not only listens but makes the effort to bring it back. At the latest Build Conference, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu that looks like a hybrid of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8. It’s around the same size as the Windows 7 menu, but also features miniature Live Tiles along one side.

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Not only that, Microsoft also introduced a feature that allows modern Windows 8 apps to run in the desktop environment inside their own windows, clearly indicating a return to Windows’ root.

There will be a major Windows 8.1 Update coming tomorrow but unfortunately you won’t be seeing any of these from this update. Instead, both of the features will come in the future update later this year.

What’s your take? Are you welcoming the return of the lost Start Menu?

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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CastlegarGlenn
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Hopefully they don’t make it mandatory to use the new version. The old start menu was a royal waste of time and should have stayed buried. For no apparent reason though, people like it (more likely they just got used to it), but there are already a myriad of options to replace it.

Kent Chen
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I dont miss it that much either. what I do miss is the search feature in the start menu. I hate to switch screen back and force just to find the program.

Aron
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Hopefully it’s gonna be good 🙂

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