With Windows 8.1 Update 1 very likely to debut in April and with Windows 9 expected to see daylight sometime in early 2015, more and more people are talking about the improvements that these two operating systems will bring, including the beloved Start Menu.
Since Windows 8.1 Update 1 is supposed to improve the core modern operating system even further by adding new features and performance optimizations, it’s no wonder that lots of people rushed to suggest that a Start Menu might be part of the package as well.
The few leaked pictures that reached the web in the last few days didn’t come with a Start Menu and chances are that this particular feature will be actually missing from the upcoming update.
We’re hearing from several developers and beta testers close to Microsoft’s development process that Windows 8.1 Update 1 is very unlikely to get a Start Menu, as Redmond believes that the Win+X menu is enough for the time being for those who want to access specific OS features or reboot/shut down their computers quicker.
It turns out that Microsoft is actually planning to wait until Windows 9 to reintroduce the Start Menu, which would pretty much make sense, especially because the company is working to make this future release a lot more familiar for desktop users.
In addition to the Start Menu, Windows 9 is also expected to feature options to run Metro apps right on the desktop in their very own windows.
Windows 8.1 Update 1, on the other hand, is very likely to be more like a service pack, which means that the software giant would actually focus more on improving performance and fixing bugs. At the same time, it will also include all patches released by Microsoft since October and will be shipped to users via Windows Update.