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Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back

  1. #21


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    win 8.1 pro 64bit with media centre


    one step forward
    two steps backwards

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  2. #22


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Not sure about this, it seems to go against Microsoft having one windows look for all devices

    If the new default is desktop with a start menu, what is the point of Metro apps

    Microsoft seem to back down to quickly with these things, they had some good ideas for the xbox one, people complained and games now works the same as the 360, people complain about windows 8 and MS make it similar to windows 7

    If this is optional then I have no problems, but for me personally I don't want/need a start menu like previous windows
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  3. #23


    Posts : 6
    win 8.1 pro 64bit with media centre


    well said paul

    like my statement above

    and part of what you said

    I don't want/need a start menu like previous windows
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  4. #24


    Posts : 22
    Windows 10 1703


    Me neither. Especially now that I managed to adapt the start screen to my needs (first column: the only ModernUI apps I need like Desktop, Mail, Weather and a few more. Second column: Office 2010 apps and various tools. Third column: multimedia. Fourth column: games).
    Having the desktop background showing in the start screen nailed it for me: now when I press the Start button the only thing I see is all of my apps at a fingerti...err, at a mouse click, and it also has the plus of looking like a nice overlay menu for the desktop underneath (I know it's not like that but still, it looks like it is).

    What I really would like to have from ModernUI is more customization options for tiles: not being bound to the two smallest tile format factors for desktop apps, being able to change background color manually (and, in that case, also text colour if there is any) or things like those.
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  5. #25


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Microsoft can pretty much do whatever they please, weather it be to annoy people or in their own best interest. Personally, I don't care if it's there or it isn't, there will always be work arounds. It's not like any of us haven't installed some kind of 3rd party software of executed a registry hack at some point. I like the start menu. I don't like performing back flips to access certain software or find a particular process with MS's buggy search options. Start8 is awesome.

    “You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”
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  6. #26


    If you’re thinking that the new Start menu that Microsoft unveiled today at the BUILD 2014 developer conference looks really awesome, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it turns out that the company is planning a completely different design for the final version of the feature.

    Microsoft said at BUILD that the Start menu would come back at some point and even though no specifics have been provided, it’s believed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 9 could be the OS versions that could feature such an option.

    Many praised Microsoft for the design of the new Start menu, but we’re hearing that what we got to see at BUILD was just a mockup and the company is actually planning a much simpler design.
    Microsoft’s New Start Menu Is Just a Mockup, Could Look Completely Different – Rumors

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  7. #27


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I can confirm that the Start Menu is not available in the Windows 8.1 Update, but to be released in a future update instead.
    Thanks for the info. I'll probably(maybe) hold off on the update and just wait until 9. 8.1 is fine the way it is, with the classic shell installed.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back


    I agree that windows 8.1 with classic shell, is a better experience than 7. I still firmly believe that MS should have allowed users more flexibility and choice around how the GUI would be set up out of the box. I have yet to speak to a relative or non-tech-savy friend who knew about classic shell before I showed them. All were frustrated. I myself spent over a year with the new setup before installing classic shell, in an effort to learn to love it. I never got there. There are some things I prefer about the start screen, but there are still other times where I prefer the old, familiar linear way of getting somewhere. That is why having both running side by side is my config of choice. I hope Microsoft does not take that from me with a future release... Lol..
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  9. #29


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I can confirm that the Start Menu is not available in the Windows 8.1 Update, but to be released in a future update instead.
    To tell you the truth, I will be surprised if they ever come out with it the way some people want it.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I don't take the issue of a desktop menu seriously so, for comic relief I always keep one available.
    These can be turned on and off like notepad.

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