This Could Be Windows 10's Next Start Menu (But Let's Hope Not)

Microsoft might be two months removed from the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, but anyone with a PC enrolled in the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider beta testing program can get an early preview of what's to come in the next big version of Windows, now code-named 20H1. While they do have mixed reactions for the new look of the age old classic Windows navigation tool (and we agree), the design itself may not be the final one we see on Over-The-Air updates.

As insignificant as this sounds, many users (myself included) would say that since Windows XP, the start-menu and functionality offered hasn't been anywhere near as good. But a new look at what could be Microsoft's fully redesigned Start Menu has none of that, and a very grey and dour look that I hope doesn't make it to the final version.

In a recent leak of the latest Windows 10 update, it looks like the company plans to change the design of the Windows Start Menu.

First spotted by Windows Central, the redesigned Start menu has a search bar at the top instead of the bottom and it will let you search both apps and things on the web.

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Like it or not, it seems that Microsoft is now putting all their eggs into the Windows 10 basket as they look to step away from their older operating systems. It is raw and underdeveloped, just like the leaked images of Live Tiles back in the days. Windows Insiders on 32-bit machines received the build 18947 of Windows 10 which was initially meant for the Microsoft's internal Xbox development team.

In any case, you can take a quick walkthrough the new Start menu experience in our hands-on video above. Saying that it has pulled the build and are "looking into the issue".

Microsoft typically grants Windows 10 two major upgrades a year - the next iteration of the software that will land later in 2019 has the codename 19H2. Further, there was a centre-aligned Start menu in the tablet mode with a transparent background. We hope to know soon.

Today, Microsoft is confirming that it was all just a mistake.

  • Delia Davidson