At first it was very difficult to find information about Microsoft‘s next iteration of their Windows operating system, but it seems that the floodgates have opened, with someone putting their job on the line to show the world what their employer’s new OS has in store. In particular, Windows 9 as it has been informally dubbed by the press, is showing off a return of the long lost Start Menu from the days of old.

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Of all of the complaints that we heard from users about Microsoft’s attempt to unite their mobile OS UI with that of their desktop OS, the loss of the start menu was by far the loudest. People like their start menu, and they aren’t afraid to say it, or even scream it from the rooftops. In Windows 9, it seems that Microsoft has decided to listen to the overwhelming shouting of their customers by bringing the start menu back from the dead, but with a modification that will make it more like the Windows 8/8.1 platform UI. It seems that the Windows 9 start menu will include live tiles, and since there have been multiple leaks of this evidenced at this point, it can be surmised that they are also going to be customizable, a lot like they were in the Metro start screen of Windows 8/8.1.

Windows 9 Is A Total Back Down From Windows 8

In addition to the start menu, it seems that Windows is backing away from their app-based Metro UI even further, by having the apps run in windows on the desktop like any other application you would have installed in the traditional sense. It’s true that they already have made a step in that direction in an update to Windows 8.1 by adding a shortcut to open apps on the taskbar and putting a minimize button into the corner, to return users to the desktop.

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They also updated the OS to boot directly to the desktop, backing away from their original intention of forcing users to love them and booting to the Metro start screen. All of the changes that they have been making to their current OS offerings make it seem completely plausible that they would also back down a bit in Windows 9 by making things work they way that they always have (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it say the users).

You’ll notice that the screenshots appear to be displaying Windows 8 builds but it is common for alpha builds of Windows to display the name of the predecessor, so that is nothing to worry about as far as the legitimacy of these photos are concerned. Of course, there is always the possibility that these images have been faked but considering their commonality at this point, it seems extremely likely that something like this (or exactly this) will be showing up on new PCs starting early 2015, or at least will have become official by that point in time.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Are you happy that you’ll finally be getting your beloved start menu back or slightly disappointed in Microsoft for cowering to the Luddites? Tell us all of your thoughts and more in the comment section, below.

Source: The Verge

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Nick Schiwy

Nick is an tech enthusiast, programmer and general geek. He works full time in the IT field but still has plenty of time to keep up with all of the tech gossip that is going around!


  • These seem like good changes, though I’m not sure about them being part of “Windows 9” just yet. Didn’t Microsoft say the next major update to 8/8.1 would involve enhancements for keyboard and mouse systems including the option to run modern/metro apps in windows instead of just full-screen? (would post a link but I read this months ago so I don’t remember where)

    • The update already happened xD If I can recall, the update came out just a few months ago…