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Microsoft's reenvisioning of the classic Desktop Mode Start Menu may be taking longer than expected

Top Windows blogger Mary Jo Foley wrote a post last week seeking to clarify exactly when Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was planning on releasing its revived, reimagined version of the Windows Desktop Start Menu.
 
While slightly overhauled to feature a flatter, more graphical rich Modern UI style, the new Start Menu will be available in Desktop Mode and is expected to function much like the old Start Menu you knew and loved from Windows XP/Vista/7.
 
The bad news, according to Ms. Foley, is that the new Start Menu likely won't be finished until the launch of Windows 9 in April 2015.  We already know that Windows 9 is expected to be a pivotal release, unifying the APIs and app marketplaces of Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Xbox.
 
According to Ms. Foley's sources -- sources that have a "good track records on Windows information" -- Microsoft had initially hoped to offer the Start Menu revival with its Windows 8.1 Update 2, which is expected to launch later this year.  However, it wasn't satisfied with the results, so it decided to push that item on towards Windows "Threshold" -- a codename that is believed to stand for the next major version of Windows, Windows 9.

Windows 8 Start Menu
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The ability to run Modern UI (Metro) apps in a windows form in Desktop Mode has also reportedly been punted until Windows 9.
 
So what's Windows 8.1 Update 2 going to include, since the two big-ticket items (Start Menu, windowed Metro apps) are gone?  Ms. Foley says she's not sure, writing:
 
So now what's going to be in Windows 8.1 Update 2? Will there be any user-interface changes or will it be more a vehicle for under-the-covers programming interface and reliability improvements? I don't know at this point.
 
If true, this is rather disappointing news for many Windows fans, but it is not altogether unexpected.  At BUILD 2014 in April, Ms. Foley asked Microsoft's Windows executive vice president Terry Myerson why the Start Menu wasn't included in Windows 8.1 Update 1.  He explained at the time:
 
The reason we (showed) that work is we thought it was important to share with developers. When do I deliver it? I really don't have anything to share there. We're just not ready yet.
 
If Ms. Foley's sources are to be believed, it sounds like Microsoft is still feeling the same way, hence it has opted to make an already major release (Windows 9) even more of a leap.  For now Windows 8 users will have to make due with less tightly integrated third party alternatives, such as Start8 from Stardock and the Pokki Windows 8 Start Menu, if they want a Start Menu on their Windows 8 desktop.

Source: ZDNet



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RE: Business
By momorere on 6/9/2014 12:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Along with Linux. Or is this finally the year of Linux desktop ? I'm still waiting for it 20 years now.


RE: Business
By retrospooty on 6/9/2014 12:28:57 PM , Rating: 3
Nope... LOL.

It will just stay the year of Windows 7 until 9 comes out. Win 7 is still growing (sorry Argon). http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-m...


RE: Business
By kmmatney on 6/9/2014 12:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
I can believe that Window 7 is growing. It makes sense - a lot of businesses are finally migrating from their Windows XP machines, and going to Windows 7, not Windows 8.


RE: Business
By retrospooty on 6/9/2014 12:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
The scary part of that is that almost 21 months after 8's release, 8 and 8.1 combined are under 13%. Win7 was at this same point in only 7 months.


RE: Business
By Mitch101 on 6/9/2014 12:39:43 PM , Rating: 4
They should have timed Windows 9 with the death of support for Windows XP. I think they would have had a record sales movement.


RE: Business
By peterrushkin on 6/9/2014 12:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, I don't think it will ever be the year of Linux on the desktop.

I went from Xp to Ubuntu desktop and then to a mac. I havent looked back.

I'm a developer and sys-admin. My mac does everything I need it to do and more. Never had any issues with XP/Win7 and no issues on the mac.

Besides, my productivity has increased so much so, that the work I have done has paid for the mac more than 30 times now. Can anyone else say that about their Windows machine?


RE: Business
By Ahnilated on 6/9/2014 1:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well then you must be making $300K/yr because if you figure in the average cost of a PC compared to a Mac which costs a lot more then you must be making bank.


RE: Business
By Argon18 on 6/9/2014 4:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
"Along with Linux. Or is this finally the year of Linux desktop ? I'm still waiting for it 20 years now."

You've been looking in all the wrong places. Linux haa already taken over the world:
1. The Web : Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the biggest of the big all run entirely on Linux.
2. The Internet : All Cisco switches, routers, and appliances, the backbone of the internet, all running Linux.
3. Mobile Devices : The #1 phone platform, Android, is Linux.
4. Gaming Consoles : The PS4 console is FreeBSD, loaded with open source bits, plus new consoles like OUYA that are built on Linux. Don't forget Valve's SteamBox console, running Linux of course.

Basically everything around you, every computing resource you interact with is already on Linux. Oh right, that boring desktop peecee running your Excel spreadsheets, that one is still stuck on Microsoft.


RE: Business
By hpglow on 6/9/2014 7:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
He said Linux on the Desktop. None of what you have listed is a desktop device.


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