Image Credit: WinFuture/YouTube
While Microsoft has already revealed that the Start menu feature will be included in its forthcoming Windows 9 operating system, we haven’t had much time to see what it might look like.
Fortunately, German Windows news site WinFuture managed to obtain a copy of the Windows 9 preview and posted a two-minute video of the new Start menu in action. As you can see from the video embedded below, the menu looks much like it did on older versions of Windows while also providing some functionality to the Windows Tiles user interface elements from Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Microsoft first removed the Start menu when it launched Windows 8 back in 2012, much to the distaste of long-time Windows users. At the time, the company was trying to push Windows 8 as a “hybrid” OS that brought touch-screen UI elements to the desktop. Instead of the Start menu, users were pushed toward a “Start Screen” that was meant to mimic the look of a tablet as well as a hidden sidebar with just a few utilities and functions. Having seen the error of its ways, Microsoft is now bringing the menu back, thankfully.
A Windows 9 preview is expected to be released by the company soon, while the full version is tentatively scheduled to hit retail shelves in spring 2015. Check out the video below, and let us know your thoughts about the revised Start menu in the comment section.
Via The Verge
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