Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has grown on users for the most part, and many have the understanding that Microsoft is still working on this operating system. But over the weekend, rumors and pictures about a Windows 8.1 Start Menu certainly got a lot of attention.
The biggest thing that users of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have wanted is the start menu back on their machines. It’s the basic menu of their machines, and Microsoft noted that it would return at sometime. This though is the first reported view of what it could finally look like.
While the screenshot of the Windows 8.1 Start Menu certainly got a lot of buzz and attention, it is not anything official from Microsoft, and they are denying it at all costs. But, various people have been reporting on it, and if it is what we think, it could make many people happy.
The screenshot of the Windows 8.1 Start Menu combines the tiled looks of Windows 8.1, and brings together the simple start menu that everyone has loved and used for years. It isn’t expected to be released until next year in 2015, but they are enough comments and feedback posted across the web that people either want it now, or don’t.
Do Users Want A Start Menu?
The issue about the Windows 8.1 Start Menu is an odd one for Microsoft. They purposefully didn’t include it in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and want users to embrace the tiled interface of the new operating system. But, user feedback and corporate feedback has forced Microsoft to come up with a different plan for users.
The look of the Windows 8.1 Start Menu is the best of both worlds I think. It has the simplicity of the Start Menu and the tiled interface in one menu bar. It’s more of something that Microsoft had to make to accomodate users and enterprise customers, and it doesn’t look that bad. Hopefully users will have the ability to turn it on and off if desired, but that remains unanswered as does the reliability of the screenshot.
This Windows 8.1 Start Menu debate is a hot one. I personally want it back, and like the screenshot, and hope its real.