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Windows 10 Receives a new Start Menu (again)

Accidentally, Microsoft today released a new 'canary' build of Windows 10 to all Insider rings. Windows 10 Build 18947 comes with features which weren't officially announced yet. One of them is the new Start menu.

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Windows 10 comes with a completely reworked Start menu, which combines Live Tiles introduced in Windows 8 with classic app shortcuts. It has an adaptive design and can be used on displays with various sizes and resolutions.Windows 10 Start Menu

Starting in Windows 10 May 2019 Update, also known as 'version 1903' and '19H1', the Start menu has got its own process that allows it to appear faster, increases its reliability. Besides that, there are a number of usability improvements made to the Start menu.

Windows 10 Start Menu has Live Tile support for Universal (Store) apps installed on your PC. When you pin such an app to the Start menu, its Live Tile will show dynamic content like news, weather forecast, images and so on. For example, you can add a useful data usage Live Tile.

Starting in build 18917, which represents the upcoming 20H1 branch of Windows 10, the Start menu includes a new "Search" section in the top left corner.

Windows 10 New Search Options

It looks like Microsoft is about to introduce a new Start Menu layout. It doesn't include Live Tiles out of the box. Instead, the Start menu pane renders large icons of pinned apps, and a huge search section. Here are a couple of screenshots:

Start Menu WhiteStart Menu Black

The search box also includes the Suggested apps section that must be populated from your recent app activity.

It is a work-in-progress, so the new Start menu doesn't play nice with the dark theme of Windows 10.

What is your take on this new Start menu layout? Do you like it or do you prefer the current one? You are welcome to share your opinion in the comments.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

10 thoughts on “Windows 10 Receives a new Start Menu (again)”

  1. I never could get used to their Metro UI Design. It always felt like a big step backwards from Windows 7. Yes, I know that relatively speaking, Aero is ancient, but it’s still gorgeous in my opinion at least.

    1. By ‘Aero’ I obviously mean the thematic elements from Vista + 7 UIs. Vista is so beautiful too to this day, but it’s a memory hog.

      1. I love Aero, specially over Vista UX!

        Here’s how my Windows 10 looks with some cosmetic chnages here and there: https://imgur.com/yG1JCNG

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