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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 Drafter on 7/14/2014 3:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
Do you launch programs from the start menu using search or do you navigate the menus? Using the "hit the win-key and type what you want method", You should always get specifically what you want if you type the name of the executable... outlook, excel, etc for MS Office will yield the correct result to launch the correct program. I doubt you'll get all 19 items if you type exactly what you want.

What I don't like about it is that sometimes I find extensions and tools for my programs (or junk I don't want!!!) that I would have otherwise never known about. I need to manually explore the start menu to see what's available within my program suites. Microsoft is essentially hiding them from me and telling me to go dig it up with key words. Maybe they have this figured out, who knows, but it seems like a problem to me.

Another thing I've noticed just walking around my office and looking at all the Windows 7 desktops is that everyone places icons for what they want on their desktops or taskbar in their own unique way that is familiar to them. It's perfect in its simplicity. MS should have never gone for a UI overhaul... touching a screen and/or launching your programs from a segregated UI just isn't a productive way to use a computer. They put the fickle consumer ahead of the loyal enterprise users. What a bunch of boneheads.

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