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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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By marvdmartian on 7/15/2014 8:42:34 AM , Rating: 2
First, I admit I've done ZERO experimentation with Win8.

But I might find myself able to live with the iteration of the start menu shown in the picture, above, IF :
1. the 'pin to taskbar' function you mention isn't tying up any resources, and,
2. I can do something (anything!) to change the view of the right side of that start menu! Geez, could they get a little less clownish about the size of some of those buttons? Microsoft needs to grow up a bit, and realize that not everyone utilizes all their programs, and not everyone wants, or will be forced, to do so.

Point: I utilize web-based e-mail accounts (yes, plural), and not one of them is a Microsoft provided account. Sorry if they've improved with Outlook online, but Hotmail was a piece of crap, and I'm happy with the accounts I have now. Which means, if I can't get rid of (or significantly shrink) that giant e-mail icon in the start menu, it's going to become really annoying, really quickly.

The same goes with many other functions provided by Microsoft, that they've really started getting obnoxious about pushing on people. It didn't work with Internet Explorer, it's not working with Bing, and if they keep this up, it's highly likely that they're just going to lose more business to opposing OS's, like Apple's and Google's.

Perhaps, some day, they'll grow up a bit, and realize that?


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