Friday, June 6, 2014

Windows 8 Start Menu To Return Sooner Than Expected!

It seems Microsoft has finally understood the fact that it cannot afford to slow down, thanks to its rivals Apple and Google who are continuing to provide better and more popular alternatives. Microsoft was used to releasing a new operating system every three years, which was later revised to pushing out major updates every year. But now, it seems the next major update will come as soon as August or September.

Ever since the release of Microsoft Windows 8, users were crying hoarse about the lack of the user friendly Start screen. Keyboard and Mouse users were not at all impressed with the Windows 8 Metro Start screen, so much so that few hardware manufacturers have discarded Windows 8 and brought back Windows 7. Among all the Windows 8 problems, the Metro Start screen was a major oversight which Microsoft sat upon for a long time, expecting users to get used to it.

During the first update of Windows 8.1, Microsoft teased the audience with a Windows 7 style Start menu, along with windowed Metro apps, but later mentioned it will only be available in a future update, much to the dismay of its users. Even three years after the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has failed to dismantle the broken and hated feature yet again.

Just when the users had resigned to the fact that the Start menu will not be available till April of 2015, Russian leak website leaked the information that the update 2 would come much earlier than expected. Given that Wzor was right about several previous leaks, this source is fairly reliable.

Windows 8.1 Start menu looks like a hybrid of Windows 7 Start menu and the present Metro based Windows 8 Start screen. The usual apps list, folder hierarchy, and search box will be present on the left and live tiles on the right. It is presently unsure if the Live tiles will be configurable. Another major development will be the Windowed Metro app which will let us minimize them to the taskbar, resize them, and drag them freely between monitors. But the fact remains; these metro style applications remain hard to operate with keyboard and mouse.

Even though a common user would be glad to hear about the frequent updates, this would be seen as another one of Windows 8 problems by business establishments which are used to the slow Windows release cycle. This used to give them plenty of time to test and plan rollouts for hundreds and thousands of computers.

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