If you were the type that was still holding out for the new Start Menu to arrive later this year, in the second update for Windows 8.1, then boy, have I got some news for you!
There are reasonable indications that this feature might only be part of Windows 9.
Word is that the company has delayed the launch of the Start Menu — which is technically not correct, as Microsoft only announced that it would be part of a future update, without specifying any time frames or version numbers.
Anyway, Mary Jo Foley has it on good authority that the return of the Start Menu has been delayed to around early 2015. This means that Windows 9 could be the operating system that gets it.
At least, that’s the most likely outcome.
Not much is known about the reasons behind this decision, but chances are that something big might be at play here. All we know right now is that the Start Menu still remains a sure thing.
Admittedly, it is a complex system to get right.
The concept that Microsoft showed off at BUILD 2014, as you can see in the image above, probably needs more development time. It is not exactly a return of the simple and barebones Start Menu that was part of Windows 7, after all.
Then there is also the case of marketability and all that. People will be much more interested in Windows 9 if it comes with this feature, and sad as it may be, it is a fact.