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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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Flat colors suck....
By BaronMatrix on 7/14/2014 1:27:55 PM , Rating: 0
I want Aero for my $500 GPU, not some cartoon graphics that help me lose windows that are spread out on the desktop...

That was why I uninstalled Win8... With Aero you get the shadow edge so you can find the windows, but with Modern and that flat look, two overlapping windows blend together...

But I forgot that MS somehow forgot how to test internally...




RE: Flat colors suck....
By atechfan on 7/14/2014 3:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
I never did like Aero Glass much. I like the Windows 8 desktop much better. But I do wish MS would allow people to turn Aero Glass back on if they do like it.


RE: Flat colors suck....
By BaronMatrix on 7/14/2014 7:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
All I say is line up a bunch of small windows (Explorer) and see how easy it is to select the right one... It was MORE functional, not pretty... Though when you slider the color slider, it says, wow, we're back to Win95 graphics...

I guess they were burned bad by Intel's graphics and KNEW the ULV models woudl choke AGAIN...

So I guess the problem is Intel...


RE: Flat colors suck....
By inighthawki on 7/14/2014 9:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
Intel's graphics handled it just fine. I've seen low end intel integrated graphics from many years ago churn through aero glass just fine. More than likely the issue was with Windows RT. ARM based GPUs are significantly weaker, and many are tile based renders, which I can see having a harder time with the effect.


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