Some more information about what may be included in the next version of Windows, code name "Threshold" has been leaked, including some screenshots that show its Start menu may change colors based on the background theme selected by the user for the OS.
A new video has surfaced that details the return of the Start menu from what is believed to be an early build of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 9 release code named Threshold. The video walks through various components of the Start menu, though its functionality has been leaked in the past numerous times. Still, as this is a technical preview of Windows 9 Threshold, it's still unclear if all, or any, of these features will make the cut to a consumer release.
After having revealed its intentions at the Build conference earlier this year to resuscitate the Start menu, a feature that was ditched since introducing the Metro-inspired Start screen on Windows 8, it looks like Microsoft is ready to bring back the Start menu on a forthcoming version of Windows, but with a Metro twist. As it is leaked, in concept, the Start menu appears similar to the one that Windows 7 users have seen, but will be meshed together with Tiles like on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
A new report, via unnamed sources, claims that the next major version of Windows, code named Threshold, will actually replace the current Windows 8.1 Start screen with Microsoft's new version of its Start menu.
Microsoft made some radical changes to the Windows platform with the launch of Windows 8. Some consumers adapted to the new Modern user interface, while others struggled to move on from the Start menu, not effectively utilising the Start screen with Live Tiles and other functionality. According to latest reports, the company is looking to return the Start menu in a coming update.
Lenovo isn't the only company kicking Microsoft in the shins with start menu add-ons. The world famous virtual machine software, Parallels Desktop, allows users to add a start menu back to Windows 8 with the single click of a button in its latest iteration.
The disappearance of a Start button and traditional Start Menu from Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, has been controversial. Many users who have been using the software for years feel discombobulated when trying to find their list of installed applications in the new OS. While most OEMs are hoping Windows 8.1’s decision to reintegrate a Start button will clam user frustrations, Lenovo has gone one step farther.
We all know Microsoft is embracing Metro UI on Xbox and the upcoming Windows 8--the question is what form will their iconographic, non-chrome UI take?
In a video posted on Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" blog, we can clearly see their newly designed Start Menu, which is completely flat/non-3D, uses our familiar Metro icons along with simple text using a high contrast color scheme. In addition, we see some type of gadget to the left displaying the time, date and various system stats.
Compared to the Start Menu on Windows 7, the new Metro-style Win 8 screen looks simple and elegant--exactly what we're expecting from Microsoft now on.
Hallelujah. The new start menu in Windows Mobile 6.5 has caused a bit of consternation since we got our first look at it. The honeycomb was ditched for a borderless (but still honeycomb-shaped) design. Probably our biggest sticking point was that icons couldn't be rearranged. They could be moved to the top, but one by one. And that's just no good.
What is good is Build 23037. The screen shots didn't show it, but the proof is in the video you see above. The menu has been fixed (yes, fixed), and icons can be moved wherever the heck we please. One more video after the break.
Oh, and a note to carriers: If you're thinking about releasing Windows Mobile 6.5 on a phone without this feature, think twice. It's that important.