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Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back

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    Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back


    Millions asked for it, and Microsoft is providing it: the old Start Menu is coming back. Kind of. At its Build conference today, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu that looks like a hybrid of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8. It's around the same size as the Windows 7 menu, but also features miniature Live Tiles along one side.
    Read more at: Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back | The Verge
    Last edited by Brink; 02 Apr 2014 at 14:37. Reason: Fixed format to meet "News" posting guidelines

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    I'll be the first to say, it looks horribly tacky with Aero and metro iconography and design mixed together. They REALLY should have redesigned the UX aspect of the Desktop as well to make everything consistent, it's all just a mish-mosh of annexed design and new.

    Also, this is something I'm disabling right off the bat in my images unless I get told otherwise whom I install Windows on their compulators. There isn't anything about the start menu that the Start Screen, when properly configured, can provide. It's just preference.
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    ... and the 'Start Menu' dilemma continues!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, this is something I'm disabling right off the bat in my images unless I get told otherwise whom I install Windows on their compulators. There isn't anything about the start menu that the Start Screen, when properly configured, can provide. It's just preference.
    You'll probably get told otherwise.

    I think its great, and one step closer to me actually using 8. Still on 7 for doing my work.
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    Not bad. Doubt it will replace Start8 for me, but I'll reserve judgement until after I get a chance to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, this is something I'm disabling right off the bat in my images unless I get told otherwise whom I install Windows on their compulators. There isn't anything about the start menu that the Start Screen, when properly configured, can provide. It's just preference.
    You'll probably get told otherwise.

    I think its great, and one step closer to me actually using 8. Still on 7 for doing my work.
    Contrary to popular belief, I've only had two people out of three dozen request a start menu, technically one since I set up Windows 8 for a friend's grandparents as they moved from xp to 8 and it would be just easier for everyone for it to work more like xp/7 than 8. Someone else, I went with All Apps view over Start and they're ok with that, but I'd image they would be either way over that start menu they had...wow. Talk about a mess.

    But anyways, everyone I've done installs of Windows 8/8.1 have ALL been quite content with the Start Screen setup I set up. No one has asked for anything more or less, other than how this can be done or something of such. It could be that, it could also be how I sit them down and learn them the ways of the Windows.

    And interestingly enough, when I work one someone's PC that I installed 8 on to do an upgrade to 8.1 for example, I always find a rearranged Start Screen. Certain File Explorer tiles are removed, things are resized, things are added. They get how it works and customized to the way THEY want it. That right there is what the start menu does not offer. It's just a static list of whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    It's just preference.
    You said it right there. You can disable it if you don't like it. What users are complaining about is no choice. Simple and completely avoidable. Give us the options to enable and disable at will.
    Personally I would disable Metro, the charms and make it look like Windows 7. So much so I have not used my 2 Pro licenses except one for a virtual machine as there is no point.
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    Seems like a smart move to me. Hopefully they remember to include some elements of choice this time around in order to make the masses happier. Side note, All apps view on start screen has been and still remains, hideous on multiple levels.
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    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.
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    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.
    Well, guess I'll stop looking for it then. Thanks for the info, man.
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