About a month ago at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft partially unveiled its vision for the future of Windows. One of the key highlights for Windows users was the upcoming return of the Start Menu. And while the touch-friendly Modern UI (i.e. Metro) works great on tablets and touch-enabled laptops and desktops, it’s a bit of an exercise in frustration when used on traditional computers without touch support.
You may recall that Microsoft issued a small update to Windows 8.1 (termed Windows 8.1 Update) that enabled Modern UI apps to live alongside Desktop Mode apps in the taskbar. However, this obviously didn’t bring back the Start Menu, which was slated to be delivered in a second update at an undisclosed date this year. Now, Russian Piracy group WZor (known for its high leak accuracy) has stated that the Start Menu is set to return in an update that will make its way to consumers this autumn. Furthermore, sources exclusive to ZDNET point to a release as soon as August of this year.
Currently, it is not known whether this will be Windows 8.2, Windows 9, or Windows 8.1 Update 2. But since last month’s Windows 8.1 Update was simply called Windows 8.1 Update, it’s highly likely that this will either be Windows 8.2 or Windows 9, and whether this update will be free of charge.
However, the leak does indicate some details regarding the Start Menu itself. For starters, the new start menu will work differently on devies with a touch screen versus those without. It will be available in classical form, similar to the screenshot demonstrated at Build 2014 and shown to your right, on non-touch computers. But on touchscreen devices, the start menu will be reimagined.
Are you a Windows 8.1 user eagerly awaiting the return of the Start Menu or have you adapted to the Modern UI? Let us know in the comments below!
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