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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.
Start Me Up
We’re here just one day before //BUILD/ 2014 and yet we’ve gotten ahold of a Windows 9 build. The rumor mill has suggested for some time that the next version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, will contain many changes to the Windows UI to make it more desktop-friendly as it should be. The changes include bringing back the good old Start Menu, Boot to Desktop by default and the ability to run applications in a window.
As I just stated, we’ve acquired a Windows 9 build and we can confirm these changes and many, many more. In fact, Windows 9 is shaping up to be much more than a return to sanity – it’s a complete redesign of everything in Windows from the ground up; everything from Setup to day-to-day use has been changed. And yet it feels familiar and easy to use, something that Windows 8 certainly isn’t.
So if you’re ready to see what Microsoft has in store for Windows 9, check after the break.
Correcting the worst wrong of Windows 8
We all love our Start Menu and were all very put off when Microsoft did away with it in Windows 8. Then in Windows 8.1, the Start button returned but still dropped you into that thing called Metro. Fear no more, today we have another rumor that the beloved Start Menu will be making a return in Windows ‘Threshold’.
These changes come as part of more UI revisions in Windows. Paul Thurrot wasn’t sure at this time if all versions of Threshold would get the Start Menu; it seems likely it will only return in desktop Windows and not Windows RT. If this is true, Threshold will correct one of the worst mistakes Microsoft ever made in Windows 8. Another interesting change in addition to the Start Menu is the ability to run Metro-style apps in a window, much like Stardock’s ModernMix.
Without a leak of a Threshold build, we can’t confirm these reports – but we most certainly hope that they both are true. If they are, I suspect Threshold might just be one of the most popular versions of Windows yet.
500,000 downloads of the Start Menu replacement
A couple of months ago we covered Pokki, a small utility for Windows 8 that aimed to bring a functional replacement to the Start Menu found in previous versions of Windows to Windows 8. At the time, we argued that users would be better off using the Start Screen that was built into Windows 8, seeing it as the superior way to access your computer’s functionality.
Well, it looks like the Windows 8 userbase doesn’t exactly see eye to eye with our position, as the guys behind Pokki has just announced that Pokki has been downloaded over 500,000 times. Pokki also claims that users access their Start Menu “10 times a day”, meaning that not only has it gotten a lot of downloads, it’s also gotten a substantial amount of use.
Pokki is not only a Start Menu replacement, but also offers a decently sized App Store offering some handy utilities for Windows. I’ve given both a shot and, while I still prefer the Windows 8 Start Screen, Pokki is very, very refined.