In our first story of the week, we talked about the design behind Windows 8. A lot of the criticism for the new design was caused by the removal of the Start Menu (which was replaced by the new Start Screen). It seems like Microsoft has decided to give in after all, and announced today that the Start Menu will return in a future update for Windows 8.1. The user will be able to choose whether they want the new Start Screen or this more traditional Start Menu.
It’s quite surprising to see Microsoft bringing back the Start Menu after they spent so much effort pushing the Start Screen since the release of Windows 8 in 2012. Many argued that the Start Screen didn’t work for power users on traditional desktops and laptops. The idea is that these power users will now be able to use the Start Menu, making them finally switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.
Another major new feature is the ability to run Modern apps (formerly Metro apps) in a window inside the desktop environment. This has been much requested and reduces the gap between the modern environment and the desktop environment.
We also have differing opinions about the Start Screen: Vital loves it, Mattias hates it. With the introduction of the new Start Menu, Mattias might consider switching over since now his greatest annoyance about the OS is going to be fixed.
What do you think? Will you switch to Windows 8.1 now that it will have a Start Menu (if you’re not on Windows 8.1 already)? Or do you think this is a step backwards for the platform?