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Leaked screenshots show the the new Start Menu in Windows 9

Published Jul 22nd, 2014 9:00AM EDT
Windows 9 Start Menu Feature

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One of the main features Windows 9 is expected to offer users is the return of the Start menu, which Windows users are anxiously waiting for, and Myce has obtained new screenshots showing it. Initially expected to arrive in Windows 8 Update 2 that’s said to launch on August 12, the Start menu is now said to only be ready next year, when Windows 9 “Threshold” is released.

Even though one of the leaked screenshots has “Windows 8” all over it, the publication says the image comes from a Windows Threshold build – 9795 – that was compiled on July 13, and is apparently part of the uip_dev feature build lab (FBL), with UIP standing for User Interface & Platform. Furthermore, the picture appears to confirm a similar leak from a few days ago.

The Start menu is similar to what Microsoft demoed at Build 2014 in early April, featuring traditional Windows menu elements but also Metro-styled apps.

In addition to the Start menu screenshot, Myce has also obtained a picture showing how windows apps will look in Windows 9 — in this case, the image shows Microsoft’s app store, saying that developers on the Windows team are still working on its appearance.

“Uip_dev is not the only lab where the stuff like windowed apps is being worked on, the new titlebars are quite jerky in some of the current builds, that also applies to current uip_dev builds which for now resort to the regular titlebar until the proposed modern titlebar functionality gets a bit more fine tuned,” the publication writes.

The alleged new Windows 9 screenshots follow below.

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