The Next Version of Windows May See the Return of the Start Menu

By Akemi Iwaya on December 11th, 2013

One of the most obvious and derided changes in Windows 8 was the removal of the Start Menu, but new rumors are beginning to surface that may indicate Microsoft’s willingness to change their mind about this ‘classic’ feature in the next version of Windows.

When the final version Windows 8.0 was released last year, there was quite a furor over the missing Start Menu, but Microsoft was adamant about its remaining a ‘part of history’. This year saw the arrival of Windows 8.1 and the surprising return of the Start Button, a concession to those who loved and missed the Start Menu. For many people though, that was still not enough.

Whether you agreed, disagreed, or were one of the individuals who did not mind either way about the removal of the Start Menu, it appears that the vocal majority may win the day yet.

From Paul’s article: “Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It’s possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.”

If Microsoft does bring back the Start Menu, it would be a colossal reversal on their part.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you believe that Microsoft could, or would, reverse their decision to remove the Start Menu from Windows? Was it a huge mistake to remove it in the first place, or was it simply a matter of people hating change? Would the return of the Start Menu ‘hurt’ Microsoft’s credibility on making future ‘big changes’ to Windows? Are you one of the individuals who immediately added a Start Menu replacement to Windows 8, or were you able to adapt and do without?

The possible return of the Start Menu is not the only change on the horizon for the next version of Windows, but will likely be the one most talked about. Learn more about what may be in store for the next version of Windows (“Threshold”) by visiting Paul’s blog post linked below.

Further Changes Coming in Windows “Threshold” [Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows]

[via CNET News and The Verge]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/11/13
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