The start menu in Windows, if you would write a book about the operating system, the start menu should have its own chapter. Removed in Windows 8 and 8.1, the company brought it back in Windows 10 with all its glamour and well known features, tough it seems the time has come to evolve the start menu and prepare it for the future. That’s a tough job since millions of Windows users are relying on this and don’t want to have to get used to something new. This has been made very clear with Windows 8 and yet there are still some Windows Insiders which are asking for a few changes to make the start menu in Windows 10 a bit more intuitive.
Announced at the Build conference in San Francisco, the Windows 10 Anniversary update aka Redstone 1 will be released this summer and with it there will introduced new features, UI tweaks, stability and performance improvements. The Start Menu will be one part of the operating system to receive these UI Tweaks. It will be leaned on these hamburger menus you might know from some Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile apps. If you click on the hamburger menu icon in the top left the menu on the left will be extended to show the ‘power off’ option, settings, documents etc. However you not need to extend this menu in order to click on one of these options.
If the menu on the left is not clicked, the start menu will show you your recently used apps, most used apps, recently installed apps etc. depending on your settings and right underneath the list with all apps will be shown. So you will not need an extra click in order to get to all the apps you have currently installed on your PC.
The GIF embed above, showing of the new start menu has been tweeted by Jen Gentleman, the same person which has given the world some more information on the notification badges UWP apps will get if they are pinned to the task bar. All these features will be implemented in upcoming builds of Windows 10 so that Windows Insider can give their feedback on that and let Microsoft know they like and dislike about it. Here is a quick comparison between the old and the new start menu:
Old vs. New start menu
Apart from the new hamburger menu, the design of the start menu will be overhauled. As you have noticed in the comparing screenshots or in the embed GIF, the spacing between the pinned apps has been shrunken a bit which makes it look just a little better and more modern. What do our readers think of the changes for the start menu, are you expecting any oder changes or would you be happy with that? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this story and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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