There is a time for surprises, and there is a time for spectacles. Windows 8.1 Update 1, it seems, is interested in neither, as a newly leaked screenshot shows tries to clear a certain mystery.
There have been whispers that the returning Start Menu (or mini Start, what have you) is set to make a return to Windows as early as the Update 1 for Windows 8.1. This new refresh of the operating system is expected to be out sometime in April.
And while the idea seems a bit outlandish, it is not exactly without merit.
However, a new screenshot that has just surfaced shows the existing Start Menu — the one included in Windows 8.1 that shows up when you hit the Win + X keys.
It also shows the build number of this upcoming update, and as you can see Microsoft has not touched it, meaning the company is not planning a kernel update. It will, in all probability, throw in some major improvements, from app enhancements to performance optimizations.
But unless things radically change from now until release, there is every chance that the company may prefer waiting until Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) to reintroduce the Start Menu.
This particular version, however, is on track to debut at the BUILD developer conference in April.