Start Menu Might Only Return In The Desktop Version Of Windows Threshold

A couple of stingers were let lose late last night, with rumors claiming that Microsoft is pondering the reintroduction of this feature in the next full version of Windows, codenamed Threshold.

But while this is a very distinct possibility, keeping in mind the sources doing the reporting, it only makes sense that such an option will only be made available in the desktop variant of the next version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

As TechCrunch is reporting, a feature like this on touch optimized version does not make much sense.

What this essentially means is that Windows RT (or whatever name Microsoft gives to Windows on ARM, after the merger of Windows RT and Windows Phone) will only offer the complete Metro experience — without a desktop, without the Start Menu.

The desktop builds (x86 and x64) will offer the best of both worlds, and the Start Menu will be a feature exclusive to these versions of the Windows Next.

Redmond has been slowly trying to move away from the desktop completely in its tablet-oriented platforms like Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1. With a Modern UI version of the Office productivity suite already in development, this only makes for a logical step forward.

  • Ray C

    Going completely back to the old start menu even in a specific version of Windows is moving backwards. At some point what is now desktop will just be an x86 running background application or something like the command prompt. The Start Screen and Metro might be completely evolved from what it is now, but the desktop as we know it will slowly fade away each year. The way the start menu works in 8.1 is an acceptable start, they just need to refine the desktop a little more.

    • xinu

      I disagree that returning to the start menu would be taking a step back. Its about using the best method/ interface for devices which make the most sense. For traditional desktop computers, the start menu and desktop interface make sense, they are an effective and efficient way to get things done. Windows will eventually evolve, however they should not try to revolutionise the way we use the desktop, they should rather focus on next generation devices. In the future we will not be sitting in front of a desk looking at a desktop, we will move more towards using tablets, phones and other mediums of computing.

      • Ray C

        Seriously, I still have yet to see anything show many any statistics that say the vast majority of people who want the start menu back is not just the mental aspect of dealing with the change. No one has presented any figures showing that people launch 70% of their applications from the start menu. I still think a lot of people use the desk top and task bar. Windows 8.x is around 10% share. Are we to honestly believe that 100% of all the other Windows users use the start menu heavily for whatever they need to do.

  • xinu

    The question is in what capacity will the start menu return. Will it look like the start menu in Windows 7? Technically you could say that the Metro interface is like the start menu. It would be interesting to have some more information as to the capacity in which the start menu will return. As for the commenter below (Ray C), I disagree that returning to the start menu would be taking a step back. Its about using the best method/ interface for devices which make the most sense. For traditional desktop computers, the start menu and desktop interface make sense, they are an effective and efficient way to get things done. Windows will eventually evolve, however they should not try to revolutionise the way we use the desktop, they should rather focus on next generation devices. In the future we will not be sitting in front of a desk looking at a desktop, we will move more towards using tablets, phones and other mediums of computing.

    • Fahad Ali

      It could also return as an updated and revamped tool, nothing like the one in Windows 7, but with added Metro bells and whistles. Or Microsoft could decide to play it safe and go in with the current Windows 7 style.