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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 Monkey's Uncle on 7/14/2014 3:39:49 PM , Rating: 5
Downside? How many programs are installed on your computer? I have over 300 on mine. Downside? I do NOT want a list of all the program entries on my system given to me in a huge flat list!!

I don't run Windows 8. I don't run Windows 8.1. Why? Because some asshat at Microsoft had a brainfart and assumed I would want to see all my damn programs in a big-ass flat list that I HAVE TO SCROLL THROUGH EVERY FRIGGING TIME I WANT TO FIND SOMETHING IN IT!

Morons.


RE: >.<
By Spuke on 7/14/2014 8:49:27 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I do NOT want a list of all the program entries on my system given to me in a huge flat list!!
Neither do I. That's not a good idea either. I'm still interested in how they handle this. Not sure why I got the rate down though.


RE: >.<
By inighthawki on 7/14/2014 9:23:42 PM , Rating: 3
Can someone actually provide a link to the source that actually states that this will be a flat list? As far as I can tell from the sources, this leak is nothing more than a screenshot (one that can be very easily faked, btw) and I haven't seen anywhere other than this article that states that the folder hierarchy won't be present. I'd like to see a source confirming this. Otherwise you guys are just jumping up and down like raging monkeys over nothing more than a random person's speculation turned rumor.


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