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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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Complete Junk
By kaalus on 7/15/2014 8:21:22 AM , Rating: 2
The new start menu is a complete piece of junk. I don't want to see metro tiles anywhere. They are useless to me. After all the shenanigans with Windows 8, every time I see them I almost boil over from rage. I made my wife dump her Windows Phone for Android because I started hating metro so much after Windows 8.

The only way for Microsoft to regain user confidence is to get rid of metro from desktop version of Windows. Not hide it somewhere, make it invisible on startup or any half-assed pathetic attempts to make us get used to it. It will never happen.

Completely get rid of it.

It has no place on desktop. It is useless and a proof of how Microsoft, the once great company run by engineers (remember windows 2000?) has now been overrun by clueless, bloated management full of marketing and economy graduates.

RE: Complete Junk
By hackztor on 7/15/2014 2:03:59 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you do not like it does not mean others do not. I actually prefer it! So far rumors have said that the tiles on the start menu will be an option that YOU can click to turn off but default will probably be on.

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