Windows 9 Concept

Windows 9 concept: Saving Windows from itself with a focus on ‘little things’

By on December 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Windows 9 concept: Saving Windows from itself with a focus on ‘little things’

After hearing that Microsoft may bring back the Start menu button to Windows starting with the next major release, codenamed “Threshold,” a user imagined some other ways Windows 9 (or Windows 8.2) might be improved. Andrew Ambrosino says that Microsoft has to pay attention in the future to “the little things” inside Windows, as they currently don’t work quite as expected or aren’t that user-friendly. More →

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Windows 8.2 Start Menu Concept

How Microsoft could bring back the Start menu without killing Metro UI

By on December 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

How Microsoft could bring back the Start menu without killing Metro UI

The biggest controversy surrounding Windows 8 has been about the so-called “Metro” user interface that lets users navigate their PC through a set of Live Tiles that replace the traditional Start menu. On one side of the debate are Windows 8 users who love the platform’s new touch-centric capabilities while on the other side are Windows users who simply miss having their Start menuThe Verge’s Tom Warren points us to a new concept for future versions of Windows that attempts to square this circle by designing a Start menu that has a distinctly Metro flavor to it. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8.2 Start Menu

More details emerge on Microsoft’s plan to bring back Start menu

By on December 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

More details emerge on Microsoft’s plan to bring back Start menu

The Start menu really does look like it’ll be making a comeback in the next version of Windows. ZDNet confirms a report from Paul Thurrott earlier this week that Microsoft plans to bring back the Start menu to a future version of Windows 8. ZDNet doesn’t yet know whether the Start menu will come in a Windows 8.1-style update or whether it will be part of the larger “Threshold” update that’s on track to release in early 2015. All the same, ZDNet says that the Start menu is definitely on Microsoft’s radar especially because it doesn’t want Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to hold off on upgrading their PCs to Windows 8 because they’re worried about the new platform’s learning curve. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8.2 Desktop Features

Microsoft’s mission with Windows 8.2: Appease spurned desktop users

By on December 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

Microsoft’s mission with Windows 8.2: Appease spurned desktop users

We learned earlier this week that Microsoft will reportedly bring back its dearly departed Start menu to Windows 8.2, a change that will come as welcome news for many desktop users who feel isolated by some of the changes the company has made to its signature operating system. And now Paul Thurrott at Windows IT Pro has written in greater detail about how Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8.2 is all about making desktop fans happy again… and it goes way beyond bringing back the Start menu. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8.2 Features

Microsoft may finally bring back full Start menu with Windows 8.2

By on December 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

Microsoft may finally bring back full Start menu with Windows 8.2

As we noted last week, Windows 8 is a very polarizing operating system. While many Windows users find it much faster and more stable than earlier versions of Windows, other users simply hate the Metro UI and wish it would go away forever. Paul Thurrott reports some good news for desktop users who feel spurned by Windows 8 and aren’t satisfied with the changes made with Windows 8.1: Microsoft is working hard to appease them. More →

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