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Windows 9's Start menu demoed in a new video

Yesterday, several images of supposed Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked onto the Web. The images gave us an early look at the features available in Microsoft s forthcoming desktop operating s

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Yesterday, several images of supposed Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked onto the Web. The images gave us an early look at the features available in Microsoft s forthcoming desktop operating system. Now, the same German site WinFuture has published a video demonstrating how the Start menu works in Windows 9. Also Read - OneDrive app to stop supporting cloud sync from March 1, 2022 on these Windows versions

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Microsoft had pulled the Start menu from Windows 8 (and higher) in favor of Start screen. After getting lambasted by the consumers, the software company has finally added the Start menu back to the operating system. However, there are several noticeable changes in the Start menu from the one you may remember from Windows 7. Also Read - Microsoft Windows 10X cancelled: Here's what happened

One of the biggest changes is the addition of tiles on the Start menu. Live Tiles are available in Windows 8 s Modern UI, and Windows Phones. As opposed to just being the flat software icons (as seen on Windows 7, XP and lower), Live Tiles come with two faces and keep flipping. These tiles are interactive as they provide you relevant updates from an app.

For instance, you can have the Weather app placed on the Start menu, and the app will display weather information all day, acting as a desktop widgets of sorts. Users can also resize the tiles as they want.

Second noticeable change is the top positioning of account and power options. Users will now have to log-off, sleep or shut-down their system from the top as opposed to bottom right corner in Windows 7 (and lower).

Interestingly, Microsoft has provided users with the option to select what controller they prefer. Users can select the Start menu, and if someone prefers Windows 8 s Start screen, there is an option to switch to that interface. It makes sense, as Start screen is more viable for users operating the system on a touch-screen tablet.

The video also confirms that Modern apps will now function in the desktop mode as well, something which isn’t possible in Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft is expected to hold an event on September 30th where it will unveil the Windows 9. The software giant could also release the technical preview (note: previously it was being called technology preview , but the recent leaks suggest that Microsoft is calling it ‘technical preview’ instead) of Windows 9 at the event.

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  • Published Date: September 12, 2014 7:28 PM IST



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