It’s been a few years since Microsoft introduced the first version of Windows 10 under its new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model. Looking back on the past 5 years, it seems the company has focused more on addressing the (endless) issues than offering new features.
While we’ve received a handful of major features over the years, in terms of visual changes, things have been few and far between. However, the past few months have assured us that we will soon be able to see an improved Windows 10 start menu.
Rumors started to come when Microsoft started testing Windows 10X, a variant of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen devices. However, it has become clear that Microsoft is also exploring a modern version of the “basic” Windows 10 Start Menu, possibly moving away from Live Tiles a bit (which is ironic considering Apple’s latest obsession).
Microsoft had shared a short clip earlier this year that revealed the dark and light mode layouts of this new Windows 10 start menu. Earlier this week, by releasing some new Pride themes, Microsoft 365 offered another look at this new design.
Now, this may not be a drastic design change (which Microsoft generally avoids doing anyway considering its business / education user base), but offers minor improvements to the current Start menu design. The new design brings the fluid design aesthetic to the start menu, offering more space, less color, and an uncluttered feel.
Considering comments about our previous coverage on this, it’s safe to say that not everyone is a fan of this change. But, we have to admit that users really don’t like it when Microsoft dramatically changes things. As a consolation, Microsoft has not shared when it plans to release this redesign to the public. As the development process for 20H2 goes through, we probably won’t see this until 2021 feature updates.