Is the Real Start Menu Coming Back to Windows?
Bill Quick

Further Changes Coming in Windows “Threshold” | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

But I do know about a few changes that Microsoft is planning for what my sources have described as “the next version of Windows,” which I assume is Threshold. (Though to be clear, they never used this name.) And they’re big news.

They are…

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

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.

I already use third party apps – ModernMIx, Classic Start Menu – to achieve this functionality with Windows 8.1 Pro.  It lets me use my Asus T100 in a default notebook/standard Win desktop mode, but switch over to the Modern, touch-oriented interface when in tablet mode.

Works for me.  I want the best of both modes.  I think Microsoft is finally figuring out that I’m not alone in this.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Is the Real Start Menu Coming Back to Windows? — 5 Comments

      • I set it up when I first got it. After a couple of days, the screen started flashing and wouldn’t stop. I re-installed the OS and started anew. About a week later it wouldn’t boot, blank screen, not even a flash. I really don’t know what happened, but I could not do a thing. I sent it back before the 30 days was up. Too bad really, I was just getting used to it.

  1. Bill, have you spent any time using the start screen? It takes getting used to but I am at the point where I find it a lot better than the Vista/7 start menu. (The XP menu was far superior because it wasn’t constrained to a small rectangle but overall I think the screen’s better.) Larger hit targets, much more control of where stuff goes, live icons, etc.

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