Report: Microsoft Planning To Bring Back Start Menu In Windows 8

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major OS update codenamed Threshold that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS experiences closer than ever before. And this update will come in different SKUs, one consumer focused, one traditional consumer focused based on x86 and a enterprise versions. Today, Winsupersite reported that Microsoft is planning to bring the following two features as part of the Threshold wave of updates. One is the ability to run multiple modern apps at once, and the other one is bringing back the Start Menu.

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It’s possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.

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Source: Winsupersite

  • counterblow

    more wet dreams from luddites….

    • wp77


  • Sean B

    i hope they don’t bring back the start menu… Fair enough for the button but the start menu is a step backwards.

  • MaelN

    I don’t understand their strategy…

    • jaylyric

      It’s to appease the complaints of the people who can’t deal with change..

      • lubba

        Are the in the majority?

        • jaylyric

          Don’t know

      • Fritzly

        It will allows MS to increase sales…. and satisfy the ones who found the changes detrimental of their experience.
        “Change” does not have a negative or positive characterization per se; it is such a simple concept still…….. so hard to comprehend.

        • Nham Thien Duong

          That is true.

  • Wtechrover

    Well, options/choices are not a bad thing. I won’t use it, but when people are stubborn to keep working the old way, they can do so. As long as it is default disabled.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    Noooooooooooooo! That’s the wrong road. They should invest in refinement of the windows 8.1 startmenu and modern apps. It’s a waste of investment in development of the desktop environment and PR to add these two features for the next update. There’s windows 7 if you want a desktop environment. Then why not let current windows 7 owners be able to run modern apps? Now there’s a sound of money when you cry it out loud. Otherwise there is little valid argument to think otherwise. If this is what they want to sell mainstream, I’m seriously thinking people will be ripped off. I’m certainly not going to advice my familiy and friends. It’s better they stick with windows 7 for the next 10 years, if they want their money’s worth.
    The way to go and what is logical here is to further refine the windows 8 startmenu. Think about notfication centers, think about the option to swipe to the left in the startmenu for left handed users. Further integrate onenote into the OS like they did with facebook. Further deepen the integration of the stylus in the mobile OS experience. Also tile toggle tile keys and file tiles would be a nice project for a change, as is also ditching the inkpad for an integrated stylus experience across the modern UI and apps. Another logical step in my experience would be to the return of modern app contextual search from the charms bar as also a toggle button in the charms bar for bluetooth. And what about a snipping tool for IE for the modern UI. Also missing. And what about a more wholistic experience of the peoples hub. I’m still missing the user experience of the messaging app present in windows 8, but missing in 8.1 and certainly not retrievable in the peoples hub. CRAZY! What about adding appointment in email directly to the calender app. Completely missing, but to this day is present in the outlook desktop app. I don’t get the decision making. It’s all a mess. Those to me are the small items that makes business work, a coherent experience. Not the back and forth between desktop and a minute part windows 8 startscreen. I’ll stop now, frustation and all. Sigh.

    • Fritzly

      On the contrary, it is a win-win situation for everybody:
      The ones that like the new start screen will have it; those who hate it will have the old start menu back; people, like me, who do not have problems with the start screen but dislike the either full-screen or sliced-screen for Metro apps will be able to run them “windowed”.
      It will be able to satisfy a wider segment of potential customers and improve sales; it will avoid another “XP situation” with people remaining with W7 forever; people moving to W8 will allow MS to allocate more resources to W9 development; finally the return of the Start menu might, ironically I would add, facilitate the acceptance of the Start Screen because being the latter no longer forced upon users, people could change their attitude toward it and being more interested to try it.
      You do not win “Hearts and minds” forcing things, making them available it is a much more subtle and potentially successful strategy.

      • Zdenko

        If thus was such a win/win why was it not implemented during the original release. One way or another it again reflects mismanagement under Ballmer.

      • wp77

        I agree. Even though I don’t use the Start menu even in Win7, I think Win8 should have been marketed as a better Win7 desktop with the ability to download and run metro apps if you like. Better plus a bonus, no one would cry then.

  • max

    I hope Microsoft foes with that windows 9 concept from a while back, that looked really nice

    • Fritzly

      Which one? I would love to check it.

  • Steve Handy

    Stupid move

  • lubba

    Love to have some of those features on my L1520. As of right now, the 1520 is basically a giant WP, with no phablet qualities. Instead of calling big useless phones like this, they should call the gargone or something, gargantuan+phone=gargone.

  • alukard

    Who fights for those that like the new way? We are silent and being swept away by the angry hordes.
    I give up. They can do as they wish.
    They should really fire the entire Microsoft marketing/PR branch and replace them. Its been miscommunication season from them.

  • techblogger

    Bring it or leave it, doesn’t much matter to me. I dig the OS and the start button is essentially ornamental. I hope they provide the option to have it.

  • NGM123

    This is good news, they need this for the masses. My father in law sold his laptop running W8 and bought a Chromebook FFS because he gave up trying to steer it. No doubt it W8 is sensational for touch, but for the dirty herd, W8 without a normal UI on a non touch PC is a pain in the ass.

    • anti-google initiative

      Lol he got scroogled

    • counterblow

      if you are buying non touch devices in 2013 you are an idiot anyways and get what you deserve.

      • NGM123

        He’s 83 years old you moron

        • counterblow

          so his fingers fell off?

          • NGM123

            Yes they did actually, along with several other bits.

  • jimski27

    Actually, the Start Menu never went away. Its just well hidden: ProgramData>Microsoft> Windows>Start Menu. I use it on my office (non-touch) PC as 75% of my day is spent on the desktop. Silly to go back and forth to open programs. On my home PC (desktop), I only spend 40-50% of my time in desktop programs, so I use the Start Menu less. On my Surface RT and Asus Notebook, I almost never use it. Don’t see anything wrong with using it as long as desktop programs, including full Office, continue to only work on the desktop. People will navigate to what’s easier for them. If already on the Start Screen, make a selection from there. If on the desktop, open a program from there. Business, and especially those migrating from XP will welcome it.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      The only thing that happened is that Microsoft moved the cheese, and then everyone loses their mind and think that the cheese isn’t there.

  • wreckymeck

    Brilliant move ,split it into 2 systems Touch or Non Touch-Non touch downgrades to windows 7(call it anything you like) this would make mywin/8 poltigiest infested non touch asus notebook useable as a workhorse- Touch could be left for the people that use a computor as a toy