As per Verge,
) is planning to make the Start menu available as an option in
its next major Windows release, currently codenamed Threshold. It
was not revealed, however, whether the Start menu will be
available for all versions of Windows Threshold or just as an
option to those that support desktop apps.
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The new Start menu is expected to be very much similar to the one
that Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95. The new
version will allow the Metro apps to run as floating windows on
the desktop screen. The aforesaid feature is currently available
in some third-party tools like Stardock's ModernMix.
The current Windows OS does not allow multiple Metro apps such as
Skype and Skydrive to float on the same screen without running a
third-party app like ModernMix. Microsoft is adding such features
as a measure to increase the level of flexibility for its new
Currently, in Windows 8.1, a Start button appears at the lower
left-hand corner of the screen which provides familiarity but not
the functionality of the original Start button. On the contrary,
it performs the same action that the Windows button does in
Windows 8, ie. switching between desktop and the start screen.
The new development is supposedly a move to bring the disparate
versions of Windows for different devices closer together from an
end user's point of view.
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