Windows 8 Users, good news - Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu*back

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Hi everyone,

Hope you're doing great.

I am just so happy after I cam across this article, Microsoft is bringing the Start Menu back | The Verge

Millions asked for it, and Microsoft is providing it: the old Start Menu is coming back. Kind of. At its Build conference today, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu that looks like a hybrid of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8. It's around the same size as the Windows 7 menu, but also features miniature Live Tiles along one side.

In the same demonstration, Microsoft also showed a new mode that allows modern Windows 8 apps to run in the desktop environment inside their own windows. It's a return to Windows' roots for Microsoft, and will make a lot of keyboard and mouse users very happy. If any of these ideas sound familiar to you, that might be because they bear more than a passing resemblance to a concept by a graphic designer that The Verge highlighted late last year. The new desktop won't replace the current Windows environment entirely -- the full-screen Start Menu and apps will still be around for those who want them.

A major Windows 8.1 update is coming later this month, but neither of the new features will make it into that refresh. Instead it says they'll come as part of a "future update" of Windows later this year.

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I am aware many of you here are mac users but I think many windows 8 users will love this upgrade.

Please share your thoughts on this.

G.B.

P.S. I posted it here because our computers and their OS are our main tools in making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I'll be happy when they bring XP back...
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    • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I'll be happy when they bring XP back...
      Yeah, unfortunately Microsoft has announced that they stopped the support for XP.

      I think we'll get the hang of it. I can still remember the first released of Windows 7, I said to myself that I am already contented of what Windows XP can offer. But after trying windows 7, I learn to love it.

      But yeah, I love the simplicity of Windows XP.
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      • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
        Originally Posted by Go4DBest View Post

        Yeah, unfortunately Microsoft has announced that they stopped the support for XP.

        I think we'll get the hang of it. I can still remember the first released of Windows 7, I said to myself that I am already contented of what Windows XP can offer. But after trying windows 7, I learn to love it.

        But yeah, I love the simplicity of Windows XP.
        It's all about churn and burn. New stuff, regardless of whether it's improved or not. New stuff. If ol' Bill were smart he'd wait another year or so and really come up with an "updated and improved" version of Windows XP. It wouldn't be hard to use the old XP as a base and tack on a few new bells and whistles. I'd probably bite. Could be their biggest hit in years. Call it Vintage XP.
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        • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
          I loved XP and then grew to love Windows 7 - I am skipping Windows 8 - yuck is all I can say about it

          I will probably get Windows 9 - or I might ditch Windows altogether and get Ubuntu
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          • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
            Got windows 8 or 8.1, want to turn it into windows 7 or Vista, download and install this, Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements its free (although their is a Donate Button if you wish), works perfectly and the machine will even boot straight to the desktop. It's also customizable in how it looks. You will still have the stability of 8.1 behind the scenes too!

            Everything will then be FAMILIAR to you.

            Did this on a friends brand new windows 8.1 machine a couple of weeks ago, took a couple of minutes. She was a Vista user and is as happy as Fluffy Bunny on a Sunny Martian Day!

            And no more, will your computer resemble a giant cellphone! You can uninstall it if you wish of course
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            • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
              Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

              Got windows 8 or 8.1, want to turn it into windows 7 or Vista, download and install this, Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements its free (although their is a Donate Button if you wish), works perfectly and the machine will even boot straight to the desktop. It's also customizable in how it looks. You will still have the stability of 8.1 behind the scenes too!

              Everything will then be FAMILIAR to you.

              Did this on a friends brand new windows 8.1 machine a couple of weeks ago, took a couple of minutes. She was a Vista user and is as happy as Fluffy Bunny on a Sunny Martian Day!

              And no more, will your computer resemble a giant cellphone! You can uninstall it if you wish of course
              Stardock makes one too.

              Theirs isn't free, but it's only five bucks. Very simple to configure too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I'm still using Windows XP without any problems, although my
    kids computer use Windows 7 and 8.1. It's sad that they
    dropped support for this platform that worked so well.

    But I guess you have to get repeat buys to stay in business.

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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Best news I've had all day!
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    I think that's the Windows 9.

    What to expect from Windows 9

    Windows 9 (aka Threshold) will be able to detect the platform on which it is running, note the peripherals connected, and morph into a more traditional desktop flavor or a more touchscreen-focused variation as necessary. Users will be allowed to choose a different UI for their device if they prefer, which is perfect for two-in-one devices (like Surface) where some users have expressed a preference for the new Windows UI, while others prefer the traditional desktop interface. Apparently the modes will change depending on whether a keyboard is attached.

    With the traditional desktop mode, the Start menu will return as a Start mini-menu, although based on concepts shown at this year's Build developer conference it doesn't look "mini" at all. If anything, it seems like a fusion of Start screen features and Start menu options. In addition, the idea is to have Windows Store (Metro-style) apps running on the desktop when in desktop mode.

    Personally, I am kinda excited to try this out. I love innovation.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

      <snip>

      Personally, I am kinda excited to try this out. I love innovation.
      Innovation is one thing. Stupidovation is another.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOJerry
    XP the good old days... Everything has to be so complicated now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
      Originally Posted by SEOJerry View Post

      XP the good old days... Everything has to be so complicated now.
      Simply because technology will always evolve to match the needs and wants of the human race.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I don't even use a start menu man.

    I think Windows 8 is beautiful and perfect the way it is.

    My advice? Invest in the effort required to master Windows shortcuts, and you'll never look back, and you'll suddenly become 99.99% more fast + efficient. And you'll laugh at everyone longing for the start menu.

    And in all probability those skills will transcend any future version of Windows.



    PS: I hated XP.

    (I've gotten REAL heat among my IT colleagues for bashing XP and loving 8. I know I know. Sorry but Windows 8 is so beautiful, fast, and sleek. And the driver recognition is a dream come true).

    //goes into a cave and hides, fearing the looming litany of curses.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I don't even use a start menu man.

      I think Windows 8 is beautiful and perfect the way it is.

      My advice? Invest in the effort required to master Windows shortcuts, and you'll never look back, and you'll suddenly become 99.99% more fast + efficient. And you'll laugh at everyone longing for the start menu.

      And in all probability those skills will transcend any future version of Windows.



      PS: I hated XP.

      (I've gotten REAL heat among my IT colleagues for bashing XP and loving 8. I know I know. Sorry but Windows 8 is so beautiful, fast, and sleek. And the driver recognition is a dream come true).

      //goes into a cave and hides, fearing the looming litany of curses.
      How dare you even suggest such a thing :-)

      True, spending years using Vista and 7 you get very used to a thing the way it is. You like its familiarity.

      To make a radical departure like that, Microsoft got it wrong! If they had done a choice to boot to the original desktop or the tile screen and set it one way or the other then they would have been on to a winner. So perhaps they have learned their lesson with the next release.

      The tile thing is great for cell-phones and tablets, but think about it, you don't do serious work with them. A laptop or desktop configuration is still the best for that: Keyboard and mouse.

      And the big bone of contention, the touchscreen desktop or laptop. Simple human ergonomics. Try having your hands and arms up in the air for any length of time pulling stuff around on a screen and smudging it. Much easier to have your arms and hands resting on the desktop using a mouse and keyboard, much more comfortable.
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      • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        How dare you even suggest such a thing :-)

        True, spending years using Vista and 7 you get very used to a thing the way it is. You like its familiarity.

        To make a radical departure like that, Microsoft got it wrong! If they had done a choice to boot to the original desktop or the tile screen and set it one way or the other then they would have been on to a winner. So perhaps they have learned their lesson with the next release.

        The tile thing is great for cell-phones and tablets, but think about it, you don't do serious work with them. A laptop or desktop configuration is still the best for that: Keyboard and mouse.

        And the big bone of contention, the touchscreen desktop or laptop. Simple human ergonomics. Try having your hands and arms up in the air for any length of time pulling stuff around on a screen and smudging it. Much easier to have your arms and hands resting on the desktop using a mouse and keyboard, much more comfortable.
        I have fully understood your main points here. I feel and hear you.
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  • Profile picture of the author beasty513
    I'm glad that they have come to their senses even
    though I use 7 because I like it better.

    Heck, I'll take Vista over 8.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    My favorite windows support forum was annoyances.org but it has been down since last year for no reason. That was a great site. I posted more than 30 pc-related questions there and all were answered within a day. Anyone heard of it?
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