The internet has been abuzz in regards to Microsoft’s new Operating System offering, Windows 9. Personally, I’m not sure what to think. You’ll remember that I wasn’t keen on the Windows 8.1 upgrade. But, Windows 9 appears to have potential, we’ll see where it goes.
One of the things being added back is the idea of an actual Start Menu. That was one of the things the Internet complained heavily about when Windows 8 first dropped. Nobody liked the fact that the Windows button was gone and nobody liked the fact that there was no longer a Start Menu (well, there was, it was just called a Start Screen now and was full screen). It appears, that Microsoft has listened to the many whining complaints about the Start Menu and has added it back in Windows 9.
Now, I don’t mind the Start Menu being back. It seems like maybe Microsoft is listening to their customers and giving them what they want. Personally, though, I prefer the larger full screen version of the Start Menu. It seems silly to me to shove all that start menu information down into a little corner of the screen. But, then again, some people like some things and other people like other things. The only way to really satisfy everyone is to provide personalization options.
I’ve never complained about the Windows 8 Start Screen. In fact, I think it is a good use of screen real estate. I like being able to see everything in one place. A full screen menu just makes so much more sense than a little tiny column that you have to scroll in order to find what you are looking for. When I use Windows 7 I rarely click in the start menu section. I always press the Windows button on my keyboard, type the name of the program I’m looking for, and press enter. I don’t even use the mouse. If I need to select from different programs within the menu, then I’ll use the arrow keys.
So, if Microsoft is planning on bringing back the traditional feeling Start Menu, then I hope they also provide the ability to turn it off. I don’t want to see the Windows button (I have a windows key on my keyboard) and I don’t want to see the small menu (why go small when you can go big?). At the moment, according to the YouTube video below, it seems like Microsoft is making the right decision. They are providing personalization options for the start menu. Whether or not they continue down that path is to be foreseen, however, I think it’s definitely the right direction.