More steps in the right direction
For the 100% of Windows users who still use a keyboard and mouse comes good news. One interesting bit of news from //BUILD/ earlier this year was that the Start Menu would be making a return in Windows 8.1 Update 2., which is due sometime in August. Unfortunately, the Start Menu was delayed and won’t be present in that update, but fear not – it’s coming in Windows Threshold (aka Windows 9) and we now have some pictures showing it off.
The pictures show a version of Windows bearing the version 6.4, build 9795 and the usual set of confidential notice, but what’s more important is that the Start Menu is clearly visible and looks exactly how it did during //BUILD/ earlier this year – that is, a hybrid between the Windows 7 Start Menu and the Modern UI.
Another screenshot shows off the windowed Modern apps, though the source says that this is quite buggy and laggy at the moment. While they say that these screenshots should be taken with a grain of salt, I feel confident in saying that these are likely legitimate as they match up with the rumors we’ve heard and even what Microsoft themselves showed off at //BUILD/. Regardless, it’s still more steps in the right direction to re-instate sanity in the Windows world.