If you've been kept up restless nights waiting in anticipation for the return of something resembling the classic Start menu for the more modern version of Windows, it may be time to dampen that enthusiasm, at least for this year.
According to reliable insider sources close to the mothership in Redmond, the team charting a course for the future of Windows have decided to hold off for now in favor of resurrecting the Start menu in the next major version of the operating system.
Codenamed "Threshold," that big update is expected to see an April 2015 release and is commonly being referred to as Windows 9, although Microsoft apparently has yet to commit firmly to that name.
Same as it ever was?
The Microsoft insiders were unclear as to the reason for the delay, which could be because the revamped Start menu simply isn't ready for primetime or some other internal rationale.
Either way, the longtime Windows faithful may wind up being disappointed when the feature does arrive, given that it apparently won't be a faithful copy of what Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users were accustomed to.
Microsoft guru Mary Jo Foley describes the Windows 8.1 Start menu as offering "some familiarity," but claims it will also "integrate Windows 8's Metro-style Start screen concept" in some as-yet unknown way.
Microsoft Executive Vice-President Terry Myerson showed off an early version of the new and improved Start menu during the company's Build developer conference in April, where he announced it would arrive as part of "next iteration" of Windows 8.
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