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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 Reclaimer77 on 7/14/2014 6:32:03 PM , Rating: -1
Yeah but Android grew. After being as long on the market as Windows Phone has, Android had like 35%+ of the market and was growing every quarter.

Windows Phone is still dead in the water. It's only growth has been in places where Apple doesn't even compete, they don't make $85 phones.

Gartner just predicted that Windows Phone US marketshare might hit 10% by 2018. And that's Microsoft's home market!! And I don't even see how that's going to happen as Microsoft's US marketshare took a huge PLUNGE since last year.

America is a hugely important market for another reason, developer density. If American developers aren't interested in your platform, as they largely aren't with Windows Phone, you're going nowhere.

RE: >.<
By nikon133 on 7/15/2014 12:23:13 AM , Rating: 3
It was a bit easier for Android to grow - it didn't compete against Android, only iOS... and others were already facing extinction.

I'm not saying that WP is following Android's runaway success... but I do believe that it is good platform, and I think it still has good chance to make it. Not Windows Desktop (or even Android) scale of "make it", but enough to be relevant for developers and users alike. Maybe even squeeze iOS out of No.2 place at some point.

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