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Microsoft did Windows users a solid by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but has stubbornly refused to give back the Start menu for those who want it. Last we heard, the Start Menu would indeed make a comeback, the question is when, and the answer might not be with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2 -- instead, the Start menu may not make a comeback until Windows 9.
Citing a couple of sources "who've had good track records on Windows information," ZDNet claims that up until recently, Microsoft was planning to introduce a new "Mini" Start menu as part of a second update to Windows 8.1, which is scheduled to come out in August. Now it appears that won't be happening until the next major release of Windows.
It was barely more than three months ago when Jacob Miller, a UI designer for Windows 8, dove into the deep end of a Reddit rage against Windows 8 to clarify Microsoft's intent with Metro. According to Miller, Metro, which he candidly described as "the antithesis of a power user," was the default option in Windows 8 because casual users don't go exploring
"If we made desktop the default as it has always been, and included a nice little Start menu that felt like home, the casual users would never have migrated to their land of milk and honey," Miller explained.
Miller went on to say that the casual crowd now knows about their new home, which means Microsoft can begin tailoring Windows for the rest of us. If that's the case, why is Microsoft dragging its feet in bringing back the Start menu? We don't know the answer to that, but it could have to do with whatever redesign the Redmond outfit has planned.
According to ZDNet, the new Start menu won't be like the one found in previous versions of Windows. Instead, it will somehow integrate Windows 8's Metro-style Start screen concept.