In the last few days, there were reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8. The biggest question is, how will the Start Menu look like? And how will it function? Joseph Machalani, an UX, UI & Branding Architect blogged about his project on fixing Windows 8. In his project, he discussed about fixing the jarring difference between desktop and Metro work environment, new Windows Explorer UI with icons and more. More importantly, he brings back the Start Menu in his concept. His description of the proposed Start Menu,  If we want to separate the Desktop and Metro environment we need a way for each of them to access apps, files and basic features like search, notifications and settings. Since we need to kick out the Metro Start Screen and Charms bar from the Desktop, let’s just bring back the good ol’ Start menu that worked so good for all ...

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The New York Times Co.’s R&D Lab has shown off its concept of the “magic mirror” which uses Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing technology to read physical cues from its user, using voice recognition technology to detect verbal cues and uses the the Times’ powerful APIs to serve up information on-demand The mirror can can be used to browse Times headlines, or watch Times videos, while you’re brushing your teeth. You can use it to schedule events on your personal calendar, or to shop online, or to exchange messages — from the classic “buy milk” on up — with other members of your household. The idea is just a concept at present, but like Microsoft’s Surface table is an extension of a natural user interface to non-traditional situations. Read more at Niemanlabs here. Via Neowin.net. ...

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