Windows 9's Metro Start Menu Nears, Images Leak of Newest Build
July 14, 2014 12:02 PM
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
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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