Report: Start Menu Revival is Delayed Until Windows 9
June 9, 2014 11:51 AM
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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. (
) 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.
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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,
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.
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
Pokki Windows 8 Start Menu
, if they want a Start Menu on their Windows 8 desktop.
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6/10/2014 9:45:36 AM
Small menu with live tiles instead of full screen? Yeah, Start8 can already do that.
Microsoft don't have a particular reason to delay it, but that's fine, it means people sensible enough not to buy into Windows 8/8.1/8.1U1 will get a more polished OS with 9.
6/10/2014 10:37:44 AM
"Small menu with live tiles instead of full screen? Yeah, Start8 can already do that"
Start8 has live tiles? When did that happen? I used it a while back and it didnt. It did put (pretty much) the old start menu back, but not live tiles.
6/10/2014 12:49:33 PM
Yeah I don't think so...although Stardock has other utilities that let you run Metro apps in the normal desktop.
I've been using Pokki regularly for a long time now for everyone...it's free and people seem to like it. The customizable Favorites screens are nice, and otherwise it works like a normal Start menu.
It's not perfect...on occasion it loses icons for example. But it's free...and pretty good.
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