After millions of you demanded it, Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu but it won’t be exactly like it used to. At their Build conference, Microsoft revealed a new Start Menu that appears to be a hybrid of the best features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. It’s about the same size as the Windows 7 menu, but features mini Live Tiles incorporating that Windows 8 part.
As if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft also demonstrated a new mode that allows modern Windows 8 apps to run in the desktop environment inside their own windows. This is another thing that should make folks happy, Microsoft is bringing Windows 8 more in line with what folks have traditionally expected from Windows and in my opinion that’s not a bad move. It’s a return to Windows’ roots for Microsoft, and will make a lot of keyboard and mouse users very happy. The new look won’t replace the current Windows environment entirely though, the full-screen Start Menu and apps will still be around for those who want them. The very few that do.
So now the bad news. While a major Windows 8.1. update is due later this month, neither of the two features we just mentioned are going to make it into that update. For those, we’ll have to wait for a “future update” that is scheduled for later this year.
So what do you think of the announcement? Hit up the comments and let us know.
Via: The Verge