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Some flaws exist, but new menu overall should please most everyday users

It appears that Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) effort to bring back the Start Menu in revived form are nearing fruition.  A leaked shot of a Windows machine running Windows "Build 9788" surfaced late last week by a user with the screenname "DUF" in the forums section of the site My Digital Life.
 
While the build carries the title "Windows 8.1 Pro" (the currently available release), this does not appear to undermine the authenticity, according to sources.  Neowin reports:
 
One item about the image that was throwing off users previously is that is says Win 8.1 Pro in the bottom corner. We have spoken to a source close to Microsoft who says that this image appears to be legitimate, and that these builds inside of Microsoft still use this branding, so this is not a big deal.
 
The decision to drop the Start Menu was one of the biggest sources of customer frustration with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  After much hemming and hawing, Microsoft finally admitted it goofed and announced at this year's BUILD conference that it would be bringing the iconic menu back.

Windows 9 Start Menu
Windows 9's new "Start Menu" [Image Source: "DUF"/MyDigitalLife Forums]

In its current form, the "new" Start Menu features two panes.  The left pane will include pinned apps, as well as commonly used apps or hubs.  The right will feature a compacted version of your Metro Start screen, with core hubs Microsoft considers important.  If you click the "All Apps" option, reportedly this hub will transform to a list of apps, similar to Windows Phone's scrollable alphabetic listing.
 
One major change is the lack of a folder-based system for accessing apps in the start menu.  This may irk some power users, however, it seems that typically users own use one key executable per major app anyways, and generally giving them that executable faster is probably the most efficient option.
 
On the flip side, the decision to include Metro (Modern UI) style hubs in the left pane leads to some redundancy in the left and right panes as we can see in the screenshot.  Microsoft might want to exclude core hubs that already appear on the right from appearing twice.
 
The current rumor is that Microsoft will release the new Start Menu with Windows "Threshold" (Windows 9?) sometime early next year -- possibly in April.

Sources: MyDigitalLife Forums, via Neowin



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RE: >.<
By Motoman on 7/14/2014 12:55:27 PM , Rating: 3
Aaaaaand there's that moronic comment again.

We invented GUIs so that we wouldn't have to type everything in all the time. And typing stuff in means removing your hand from the mouse and moving it to the keyboard, and then back again. And Dog help you if you make a typo.

Also, you've been able to just search for stuff instead of using the program list in Win7, Vista, and XP (after some update that would put a search box on your task bar). So that's not exactly new either.

And in no way does it address the fundamental issue of the GUI being all f%cked up.

And of course, this is one huge reason why the market has fundamentally rejected Metro. If what everyone always wanted to do was to type everything in every time they were looking for it, Metro would have been a huge hit. Then again, we'd probably still be using DOS.

Thanks for digging up and throwing around that rotten red herring though. Please show yourself out.


RE: >.<
By ignatius pugnax on 7/14/14, Rating: -1
RE: >.<
By Motoman on 7/14/2014 1:00:11 PM , Rating: 4
Excellent comeback to me demonstrating irrefutably that your point was ludicrous.


RE: >.<
By TheDoc9 on 7/14/2014 2:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
The good thing is I won't have to upgrade for another few years, might even check out the competition.


RE: >.<
By atechfan on 7/14/2014 3:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
I search all the time without needing to take my hand off the mouse. Since you only need to type the first 3 or 4 letters most of the time, I am not touch typing anyway. That said, I rarely leave my hand on the mouse for any significant amount of time unless I am gaming. Otherwise, keyboard shortcuts are generally far faster than constant mouse clicking.


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