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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: Report...
By inighthawki on 6/9/2014 2:33:33 PM , Rating: 2
Right, but at this point they missed that ball, and their option now is to go reimplement it. My guess is that what's taking so long is that it works very differently (considering the right side is now live tiles) and they want to make sure its good and polished off. They may also have to align to release schedules now, and so it could also be an artificial delay. Maybe they're also doing user testing to make sure it's what people like, who knows.

Either way, there are plenty of free start menu replacements for Windows 8, and Windows 7 works fine as well, so in the meantime, I'd rather they do it right than half-*ss it. If you're a power user who needs the start menu and your reason for not upgrading is because it's not an officially included Microsoft made implementation then I think you have bigger things to worry about than when it gets released.

RE: Report...
By gamerk2 on 6/9/2014 3:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
Come on guys, we all knew MSFT follows "Good Release/Bad Release" scheduling, so is this any surprise? Win9 is looking to be good if the trend continues at least...

RE: Report...
By Labotomizer on 6/9/2014 3:28:48 PM , Rating: 3
I prefer to look at it as major release/refining release. Windows Vista and Windows 7 aren't all that much different. Vista paved the way for new driver and security models, Windows 7 benefited from that combined with further refinements. Windows 8 was the first attempt at a single OS that can run across multiple form factors. Windows 9 will refine that experience.

Enterprise prefers to upgrade on alternating cycles. This matches Microsoft's clients. Not all that much different than Ubuntu LTS releases.

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