The new start menu for Windows 9 has been leaked in a preview video for the heavily anticipated OS from Microsoft, rumoured to be released sometime next year.
Posted by German blog site WinFuture on Thursday, the video shows us a preview of the new Windows 9 start menu in action as it may appear in the Technical Preview of Build 9834 for Windows Threshold, aka Windows 9. It is understood that Microsoft may reveal this preview either end of this month or early next month.
The vanishing act of the start menu in Windows 8 seem to displease Microsoft PC customers, whom were accustomed to the mouse and keyboard. Windows 8 seemed to be more directed to those using tablets or touch screen notebooks. This prompted many PC users to use third party software to gain back control of the start menu facility.
The lackluster response to Windows 8 seemed to be due to the dropping of the start menu. Microsoft are hoping that the Windows 9 start menu will win back disgruntled users.
As seen in screenshots released by Microsoft earlier this year, the menu is a hybrid of what appeared in Windows 7 and in Windows 8. The left column of the menu provides links to your frequently-used programs as well as the ‘All Apps’ section. The right column looks like the familiar Start screen as it displays animated tiles and tiles for Modern apps.
Standard commands such as ‘Change Account Picture’, ‘Restart’ and ‘Shut Down’ are all accessible from the menu. Clicking on a feature such as ‘File Explorer’ changes the right column to display your top-level folders from where you can navigate to various files. You can also trigger a Modern app from its link on the left column, and that app then pops up in a floating, resizable window just like a traditional desktop app. That’s a huge change from Windows 8 and 8.1, which restrict Modern apps to running in full-screen mode.
From the Start menu, you can also run various commands on a Modern app, such as ‘Open’, ‘Uninstall’, ‘Pin to Start’, and ‘Pin to Taskbar’. Pinning an app to Start then displays it on the right side of the Start menu along with all the other tiles. You can then resize and move the tiles around just as you can on the current Start screen.
Are you customer who doesn’t mind the problem of the missing start menu? Are you now wondering where your start screen has run away to? No fear….. The Windows 9 start menu isn’t for everyone, so Microsoft have given you the choice and you can bring back your Windows 8 start screen on launch of Windows.
The video ends with a presentation of the Xbox video app which shows off Windows ability to resize the windows, showing that it can run Modern apps as smoothly as you run your desktop.
Assuming the video is a reliable source showing a technical preview of Windows 9 and Windows 9 start menu. Keep in mind that this is an early build of the operating system and many aspects may have changed by the scheduled release date, rumoured to be next year. This means we could see further tweaks and upgrades to the Windows 9 start menu.