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.

What do you folks make of this?

Painfully logical?

Or something that doesn’t hold up?

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  1. I agree with. Put all the new stuff in one version

  2. I get this. I really do. It’s better for Microsoft if they have has many new features in the newest OS. My only gripe is that they’ve been announcing/teasing that we could expect it in the 8.1 update and I don’t know why they did this.

  3. WillyThePooh / June 3, 2014 at 6:18 am /Reply

    I really don’t know if w9 will come out in 2015. If so, then w10 will come in 2018. That means before w7 retires in 2020, MS will have to maintain 4 active OS. If you separate w8 and w8.1, then there will be 5 OS to maintain. Seems too many to me.

    • You don’t separate 8 and 8.1 cause they are the excact same OS.
      And 4 OS isn’t hard to maintain.
      They did it till april with XP, Vista, 7 and 8. And when 9 comes out in 2015 then they have 4 again.

  4. Mike Greenway / June 3, 2014 at 8:56 am /Reply

    The sun is still shining. enjoy your day.

  5. Damian Vansen / June 3, 2014 at 9:25 am /Reply

    Good move to delay start menu to Windows 9. Microsoft needs Windows 9 to stand out from 8. This is one feature that would do exactly that, making it a sales point.

  6. few simple changes will better than a huge update
    1.change icons on desktop,shortcuts,explorer to live tiles across the system
    2.just make the current desktop background as start screen so the taskbar is always over the start screen
    3.instead of scrolling the desktop screen make it swipe like pages its easy to manage
    4.app store is the major problem for microsoft. to get the next billion apps separate the appstore in three [microsoft verified store, public moderated store hosted in onedrive, dropbox,icloud whatever it is, company hosted stores] eg: let Adobe host their own apps in their server from where i can buy

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