Yes, Microsoft Is Bringing Back Start Menu To Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Microsoft today 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. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. Another feature Microsoft announced was the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future.

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  • CHV

    cool. time to switch. They should allow the option to turn off this feature. So i can go to start screen on my tablet, not the start menu

    • Voodoo Lady

      For your tablets, it will…

  • redtidal

    hmm…feels like MS is giving in on Metro UI. Running apps on desktop is great, but you don’t really need to use Metro UI again.

    • XboxerOne

      That is just it, they never offer a real use case for it on desktop. Except for a few of fanboys most of world hated metro. And even for us who like it, we have to be honest and say for the average PC user it was a nightmare.

      • redtidal

        On a non-touch screen, the experience is pretty awful. I can get by with keyboard and mouse, but laptop touchpad is killing all the advantages: you just have to move so much.

        On the plus side, I can finally move office computers to Win 8.1 in next upgrade cycle.

        • PoohGQ

          That allowed for PC makers to start releasing affordable touch-laptops/notebooks. I like using the touch screen when commuting..

          • redtidal

            I enjoy it too. Over 80% time I spent on my own laptop, I use Metro UI. As a user coming from WP, the UI on Win8 is just as intuitive and elegant.

            However, when I need to do work on desktop, I still use k&m, raising my arm frequently and moving across a 30″ monitor that is 2 feet away is not that fun. ;D

          • Guest

            Besides I have heard for years “touch” is just for games and entertainment, a person can not do REAL WORK on something like that.

        • Nham Thien Duong

          I have been using it with a mouse and keyboard and never had a single issue with the G.U.I. maybe it’s more personal, or y’all simply lack curiosity, but it’s really easy to adapt if you just right-click every now-and-then to find out things. :-)

          • AnthonyDupree

            I am sure that makes you feel good and superior but managing a workforce of 50 who just wants to get their work done. Moreover as their team leader who has ownership for their productivity level, I have no interest in them wasting time “just right clicking every now-and-again to find things out”. To suggest such a idea exposes a level of ignorance regarding business.

          • redtidal

            Read my post: Never I said I couldn’t figure thing out. It is the UX on non-touch screen that is lacking.
            I can’t expect every of my staff to spend endless time just to “find out” stuff by chance.

    • tofferne

      Metro is for touch and tablets, desktop now with more and new possibilities for the PC. I use metro on my PC with mouse, absolutely great. But we need to let people choose, instead of going away from Windows, it’s a great system, actually the only one.

      • DiBree

        its not the only one…

        • tofferne

          What else, all world use Windows, maybe 5 percent use other, but all hang together with Windows. If you want something serious it’s Windows. And why, we don’t need other, too difficult with these small systems.

          • DiBree

            you have the whole internet in front of you.. google about OS-es… and the percents….

          • tofferne

            Not for business and everyday use, these things are more fun and Disney, not serious things.

          • Guest

            With operating revenue ~$45 billion and market cap over $110 billion I sat Disney is pretty serious.

          • NGM123

            Even better….. Bing it

      • NGM123

        Exactly, couldn’t agree more.

  • counterblow

    what a complete failure of strategy and execution.

    • Guest

      Troll get lost you looser!

  • DarthTigris

    Still won’t shut up the haters. But this will be easier for some to use on PC’s. The original interface though is still better for touch devices though.

    • Pookiewood

      Instead of “MS listens to their customers and brings the Start Menu back” it will be “MS flip flopped and are brought back the much needed start menu”. I can hear the Verge now.

      • Guest

        Never mind Verge, the fanboys here are saying it for them!
        :-D

  • Zicoz

    Wonder what people will complain about next?

    • Nham Thien Duong

      It doesn’t matter, if it’s Microsoft people will complain, Crapple can make a large bug and call it an O.S. and people drool over it, Microsoft makes a feature-rich environment built on user-feedback and suggestions, and they’ll get scorned, but thankfully more tech-outlets aren’t buying into the Microsoft hating ”hype” anymore, you’ll find more ”Microsoft-friendly” reporters now, and sites like these enable people to avoid the full ”anti-Microsoft sentiment” altogether. :-)

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Well, it could be both great and horrible, depending on which perspective you’ll take, I’ll take both and test it from all sides. :-

  • tofferne

    Great update, Microsoft starts listening the customers. The future looks bright with this update and the new WP 8.1, really great.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    THIS IS CRAZY. there are now 4 places in that image where you can ‘pin’ apps. The start screen, menu, taskbar and desktop.

    • Socius

      The point is that the Metro interface is for Tablets. And for Desktop PC’s, you have the exact same number of places to pin apps as you’ve been able to since Windows 95. Start Menu, Taskbar, and Desktop. The only difference is that the start menu is now more customizable and interactive. Good way to quickly see weather, new emails, etc etc…I am incredibly excited about the new start menu.

      • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

        I’m sorry, but as a designer, I can see an obvious way to do One interface for both touch and mouse. I can’t believe no one has seen it yet. I guess i’ll have to mockup a concept myself.

  • DiBree

    about time! time to switch :D YAY!

  • Socius

    Wow. I absolutely love it! Perfect blend of Metro + Classic Start Menu. Can’t wait for the update to go live. I’ll still use the metro interface on my Surface Pro 2, but for my desktop…the start menu will be a very welcome addition.

  • Guest

    Women are very bad for you. Julie Larson Green was the devil who took the start menu away! You should be happy that Myerson & Belifore are in charge since if Julie was still in charge the start menu would never come back to Windows. Also, thank you Satya Nadella for sending Tami Reller straight back to the kitchen where she belongs! Let’s hope that Julie will also be sent back to the kitchen where she belongs! A man in charge keeps the women away.

  • WinMetro

    Women are very bad for you. Julie Larson Green was the devil who took the start menu away! You should be happy that Myerson & Belifore are in charge since if Juile was still in charge the start menu would never come back to Windows. Also, thank you Satya Nadella for sending Tami Reller straight back to the kitchen where she belongs! Let’s hope that Julie will also be sent back to the kitchen where she belongs! A man in charge keeps the women away.

  • rulejunior

    LIke the fact MS is finally listening, and the redesign of the start menu I actually kind of like. Wonder though if the start screen will be completely phased out or like it can be accessed like I don’t right click or double left on the start button. Anyways, Win8.1 is headed where it should be now.