Windows goes back to the Start Menu for Windows 9

THE public's reaction to Windows 8 was mixed for a number of reasons, but for lots of users the biggest complaint was one of the simplest: where was the Start Menu?

Microsoft confirmed this April that they'd be re-introducing the Start Menu into Windows 9, but newly leaked screenshots have shown us a little more about the familiar feature.

Images published by Myce show the Start Menu split between a traditional search bar on the left and pinned apps on the right (including shortcuts and live widgets displaying local weather as well as news stories - well, health and cookery stories).

Apps will be squeezed into traditional desktop windows to be used with mouse and keyboard.

The split between these "Metro-style" programs and the legacy software that most Microsoft users are familiar with has been one of the biggest challenges facing Microsoft - and it looks like the company is trying to overcome it by simply reintroducing more familiar controls, aka the minimise, maximise and close buttons.

Some diehard Windows fans will see this as a step back for the company but with Microsoft currently undergoing dramatic restructuring it might be a good idea to stick with what's tried and tested.



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