Report: Start Menu Is Not Coming Back To Windows 8 This Year


At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014.

Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the feature won’t be fully baked in time, or if there’s another reason for the change in plans.

Source: ZDNet

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  • counterblow

    doesn’t need to come back…..ever.

  • Qtek8020User

    I hope it will be optional!
    I have really grown to like the start page.

  • Orc

    Who needs that old windows 95 menu anyway. The Windows 8 start page is more productive.

    • tofferne

      Why not, people who want using the desktop like windows 7 can use it. I use tiles and minimum desktop, I like the tiles and the new 8.1 after the update.
      But a lot of people want the desktop, and now we just have two possibilities, actually great with such a system, people can get and use it how they want it.

  • Antonioerre

    With all the respect for Mary Jo Foley, I don’t think so.

  • xma1e

    Don’t miss it so won’t be using it.