Windows 9's Metro Start Menu Nears, Images Leak of Newest Build
July 14, 2014 12:02 PM
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Some flaws exist, but new menu overall should please most everyday users
It appears that Microsoft Corp.'s (
) 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.
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.
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'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
Windows "Threshold" (Windows 9?)
sometime early next year --
possibly in April
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7/14/2014 1:03:18 PM
...out of the 19 items in my Microsoft Office 2013 folder, 18 of them are executables.
So it's better to have 18 items on the Start menu, that I have to scroll past to find other stuff, rather than one folder?
Also...how do I get to that help file or web link or whatever that I may have a desire to get to at some point if it's not linked in a folder or otherwise on the Start menu? Particularly if I don't happen to remember what it's name was, so I can't even type in a search?
7/14/2014 2:34:13 PM
Yeah. When you install most apps in Win 7, they put a direct link to run the app at the top of your start menu. Then all the miscellaneous executables and readmes are put into a
at the bottom of the start menu.
It's a good system. All your commonly used apps are there at the top when you click the start menu (you can just delete uncommon ones, safe in the knowledge that a copy is in its folder below). And if you really need to access an obscure part of the app, its folder deeper in the start menu is a good place to start.
7/14/2014 5:38:39 PM
I'm really questioning validity of this info.
Even on current Widows 8.1, when you move from favourites to all apps, you get apps sorted by folders. Only thing is that default view shows all folders expanded, and you have to click on any of folder names to close them down and reduce amount of info on screen.
I agree that exploding everything in start menu PERMANENTLY would be amazingly stupid thing to do, but I'll believe it when I see it.
7/14/2014 6:43:22 PM
I'm not saying it's a great design, just that that's Microsoft's school of though lately. All Apps on Win 8.1 is just that.
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