It seems that users clamoring for the return of the Start menu weren't the only one's delighted by its appearance in Windows 10. The new Start menu has received the Digital Design Award from IDSA, receiving praise for its combination of new and old. From IDSA:
"Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Windows Start menu has been the anchor point for launching apps and getting users to the content they care about. With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7, Microsoft continued the evolution of the Start screen by adding live tiles which surface relevant and personal information to the user from apps and services. With the Windows 10 Start design, the experience of launching and switching apps is unified across the familiar and learned legacy of the Start menu on desktop PCs—and the modern capabilities of the Start screen on phones and tablets. The design allows users to leverage what they know from one device and apply that knowledge to using a different device in a contextually appropriate manner."
IDSA hits the nail on the head with its description. While the Windows 8 and 8.1 Start screen was maligned by many users, there's no doubt that Microsoft's addition of Live Tiles was an important step forward. With the Start menu's return to form in Windows 10, the tech giant took the best of both worlds to create an interesting hybrid of the classic Start menu and Start screen.