The Return of the Windows Start Menu: Good for Us, Good for Microsoft


Ever since the details about Windows 8’s massive changes became known, people have been talking about one of the biggest ones: the elimination of the Start button, Windows’ single most iconic feature. Pundits like me wrote about its elimination, and we wrote about its return in Windows 8.1.

But really, we’ve been obsessing about the wrong feature. When people find Windows 8 disorienting, it’s not because it doesn’t have a Start button. It’s because Microsoft ditched the traditional Start menu in favor of the wildly different Metro-style Windows start screen. The company keeps telling us that the start screen can do anything the Start menu could do and a whole lot more, but you know that a product has problems when its maker and a meaningful percentage of its most loyal users are at odds over basic functionality.

Now Windows guru Paul Thurrott is reporting that an upcoming version of…

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