Rumor: Microsoft Could Bring Back Start Menu In Windows 8.1

Microsoft, it seems, has listened to feedback it received from Windows 8 users, and looks set to implement a lot of suggestions in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

Word is that arguably the most demanded feature is set for a comeback – the Start Menu.

The always-reliable Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet citing unnamed sources close to the matter claims that Microsoft could reintroduce the classic Start Menu on its latest platform as early as this summer.

This would be quite some turnaround, after several Redmond executives reaffirmed that the Start Menu was a thing of the past, and the Start Screen was here to stay.

It just may stay, but the desktop mode of Windows 8.1 could now include the Start Menu.

The critically and commercially acclaimed Windows 7 was the last Microsoft operating system to feature the Start Menu, though several third-party solutions also offer this functionality on Windows 8.

Obviously, this is only just a rumor for now, and should only be taken as such, but recent reports have suggested that Microsoft is keen to address some of the essential consumer complaints with the release of Windows 8.1 like the option to skip the Metro UI and boot directly to the desktop.

For all intents and purposes, the upcoming update would make Windows 8 and improved and adaptable advancement of Windows 7 — one that offers multiple options to users to make use of the OS as they see fit.

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