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Microsoft teases the return of the Start Menu

Lewis Leong

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Microsoft is finally listening to its desktop users. The company teased a new Start Menu that integrates the tile interface. The company says it will be bring back the Start Menu in a future Windows update.

Windows 8.1 update 1 was just announced today, bringing improvements for mouse and keyboard users. The new Start Menu should make the operating system feel more familiar for many users.

Microsoft teases the return of the Start Menu

It looks like the Windows 7 Start Menu with the Windows 8 tile interface tacked on to the side. There’s a search bar at the bottom for quickly finding apps, documents, and more. The new Start Menu also features quick access to shut down, sleep, and hibernate settings.

If you can’t wait until the next Windows updates, there’s always apps like ModernMix and Start8 that already work with Windows 8.

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