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.