Would Microsoft’s Windows 10 start menu bring a better appeal and functionality than that found in Windows 7 or start screen in Windows 8? This seemed to be one of the biggest questions that people were asking prior to the launch of Windows 10 on the 29th July 2015.
What people were sure of was that the classic start menu was making a comeback after being discarded in Windows 8.
A Brief Look at Windows 10 Start Menu
Quite frankly, people were accustomed to the Start menu found in the classic desktop. However, in 2013, Microsoft decided to do away with it and instead go for a start screen in Windows 8.
However, Windows 10 reverted back to the Start menu which seems to borrow features from both Windows 7 and the tiled Metro User Interface (UI) from Windows 8.
Though looking almost similar to Windows 7 Start, the newest version is more tweaked and features lots of icons, features, and apps.
- Universal Appeal.
One of the main complaints about Start Screen (Windows 8) is that it was best suited for touch screen users.
This meant that people who use keyboards and mouse when working on regular desktop PC found it difficult to work with the OS. Such issues have been ironed out in Start Menu Windows 10.
- More Intuitive.
Unlike the Start Screen found in Windows 8, the Start Menu is more intuitive and interactive.
By including Live Tiles feature which is found in Windows 8 in the classic Start Menu, a user is able to fill the entire screen and still make use of the keyboard, trackpad or mouse.
- Switchable Desktop/Full screen Mode.
The Start Menu Windows 10 allows apps to be switched from fullscreen to smaller
sizes. This is in contrast to Windows 8 where the applications were only full-screen.
Working with windowed modes makes it simpler to incorporate in desktops.
The Start Menu in Windows 10 is undoubtedly the best in the Windows series. It is more intuitive, interactive, and versatile making Windows 10 start menu appealing, practical and user-friendly.