Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings a redesigned Start Menu
Microsoft has major plans for its Windows 10 Anniversary Update, such as Chasable Live Tiles and a new Action Center. It seems like Start Menu will join the party, too.
Ever since the earliest versions of Windows, the Start Menu has always been a key component of the OS. Traditionally, the Start Menu’s role was to allow users access to the most used Windows features and applications — unsurprisingly leaving many users dissatisfied when it was removed from Windows 8.
Windows 10 brought the Start Menu back, with many users pleased to see its return. In Windows 10, the Start Menu was heavily redesigned by combining the functionality of the old Start Menu and the look of Windows 8 Start Screen. While the redesigned Start Menu was well received by users, the upcoming Anniversary Update will change the look of the Start Menu once again.
Revamped Start Menu to come with a new hamburger menu
Along with taskbar badges for Universal Apps, Microsoft software engineer Jen Gentleman tweeted the redesigned Start Menu in action:
By popular request, to ease some concerns, and because @ZacB_ asked nicely, here's the new start menu in action! ???? pic.twitter.com/MiIPO8Epuf
— Jen Gentleman (@JenMsft) April 4, 2016
Judging by the tweet, the redesigned Start Menu now comes with a new hamburger menu for apps and buttons. Opening the Start Menu will present users with a list of all installed apps alongside the most used and most recently installed apps. This change means that the All apps button will be removed, with all apps available as soon as the Start Menu is opened.
The File Explorer, Settings, Power and other buttons are now repositioned to the left side of Start Menu. In order to make apps more accessible to users, Microsoft decided to move the standard Start Menu buttons to the left and display them alongside other apps in order to better utilize space and make apps easier to access. In addition, the Start Screen will now show you a full-screen All apps list. It’s more simplified as well, making apps easily accessible on your tablet.
With this Start Menu change, Microsoft plans to make its UI more accessible, and we can’t wait to try it. The edesigned Start Menu will make its debut in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer.