According to the virtual grapevine, when Microsoft unleashes its next version of Windows it will once again drastically change the function of the Windows Start screen. The latest version could dispense with the menu that fills the screen and replace it with the classic bottom left corner menu, a direct response to a vocal majority extremely unhappy with the full screen menu.
Nothing has been finalized but returning to a more traditional Start pop-up is only the, well, start. The latest version is not going to be simply a return to Windows 7. Folder shortcuts could move to the top, switching placing with pinned apps. This will allow users to pin tiles on the right side, with the option to resize and reorder. Meanwhile, the full screen Start menu may still be available by changing properties.
The latest Windows – which could end up being called Threshold or simply Windows – also continues the software manufacturer’s desire to have a single platform running across all devices.
The biggest and most interesting tidbit is the latest version may be more than an upgrade, but a solution that would have a lifespan of free updates. It may even be free for Windows 8 users.