Microsoft Windows Start Menu Makes a Return

MicrosoftIt has been something everyone has wanted, and now Microsoft has finally announced the Windows start menu will make a return. Unlike the previous “return,” this menu will have the functionality of Windows 7, according to

The tech giant unveiled an update for Windows 8.1, which showed off the new start menu. When the company first unveiled Windows 8 thousands of users were disappointed and some were angry that the decision to remove it had been used. There was the desktop version of the software, but it was still not as user-friendly as Windows 7 and previous versions had ever been. There were also issues for those who had computers that used a mouse and keyboard, instead of a touchscreen system.

Microsoft’s “new” start menu was unveiled on April 2 at Build 2014. However, the update was not available in the Windows 8.1 update that happened on April 8. The tech giant is still working on the new version, and has not released a timeframe for the highly anticipated update.

When Windows 8 was initially released, the company confirmed that it was designed specifically for those with tablet computers. However, those with touchscreen desktops would also find the functionality user-friendly. The issue came for those with laptops and older style computers without the touchscreen. It has led to a number of Windows users refusing to make the switch. There were still hundreds of people still using Windows XP, although they will now need to really consider changing since the end of XP Support last week.

Microsoft Windows making the start menu return is not the only update the company announced. There is also a move to giving the Modern UI a “windowed” look. At the moment, there is no option to resize the objects within the Modern UI. Users can either have the full-screen or the stripped view—known as the “snapped” view.

The good news for those who have just downloaded the new Windows 8.1 update is that there is more older-style functionality. It has been developed for those with keyboards and mice in mind. One new addition is the ability to boot a computer straight up into desktop mode, which is something many laptop and desktop users have been wishing for since the initial release.

A new pricing model was also introduced to help make things simpler. Developers will more likely notice this right away, as some of the prices will have changed automatically to fit the new consolidated price tiers. All developers are advised to check their accounts to make sure the pricing is as they wish. There are two new price points added: $0.99 and $1.29.

The tech giant is slowly moving back to the older system. There are still questions why the company could possibly think that changing the start menu was a good idea in the first place. While it wants to move to a system perfect for tablet users, there needed to be two distinct options for those without the touchscreen systems. The good news is that the Microsoft Windows start menu is making a return at some point in the near future.

By Alexandria Ingham


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