Windows 9 aka Threshold is still over a year away according to many in the know, but on Monday and Tuesday, screenshots from a pre-release build of the software were leaked. The early beta screenshots show that the infamous Start Menu that was missing from Windows 8 is definitely back.
Users missed and hated the decision by Microsoft to take away the Start Menu, and Microsoft is looking for ways to reintroduce it in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. But, these early screenshots definitely show that it will be in Windows 9, marking a change for Microsoft’s metro only world.
Windows 9 Is Threshold
The screenshots were released on myce, and they definitely point to Windows 9’s internal name as Threshold. While not a whole lot is known about the product, is appear to encompass a number of items within the Windows 9 world. From cloud, desktop, laptop, tablet, and other internal components.
Many had speculated that Threshold was the code name, but the screenshots that refer to it as Threshold made that point pretty apparent. It’s still close to a year until release, and its being labeled as Windows 8.1 Pro internally. Testing for it will take some time, and hopefully emerge next year for consumers.
Start Menu Rebirth
The biggest news about the screenshots were the pictures of the Start Menu. In April, Microsoft indicated that they would be building the Start Menu for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The pictures seem to indicate that Microsoft is merging the classic Start Menu with a metro-style menu, which could make many users very happy.
This Windows 9 is a big turn for Microsoft and its future. By giving users back the Start Menu, it will make a huge difference in getting them back the Windows they want, and not one they have to use with Windows 8.1. It will also help Windows 9 get into the enterprise, where Microsoft is expanding greatly and wants to build more relationships upon rapidly. How well it will sell and work with consumers and enterprise consumers is unknown of course, until it launches.
Thank goodness the Start Menu is back with Windows 9. It’s a sexy thing, and a needed menu.