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Windows 10 didn’t entirely drop the Start Screen

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Since Microsoft announced Windows 10 a lot have been made of fact that the Start Menu is back and the Start Screen out. However, this is not entirely accurate. While the Start Menu is back, the Start Screen experience is alive and well in Windows 10.

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The Way I look at it Microsoft have done a smart thing here. The company has figured out how to incorporate the Start Screen experience in Windows 10 without disrupting the traditional Windows Experience, which was the Achilles heel of the Windows 8.


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They may have changed the nomenclature from a Start Screen to a Start Menu, but from the screenshots I have seen so far, they are somewhat similar.

With Windows 10, Microsoft have managed to give stubborn Windows 7 users the Start Menu they have always demanded without overly rolling back on the advances brought by Windows 8 and 8.1. In a nutshell Microsoft have managed to encapsulate the functions of the Start Screen in a way that will be familiar to traditional Windows users.

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In Windows 8.1 clicking the Start Button took you to the Start Screen, which is a different environment from the desktop and shows Live Tiles of your Windows Apps with all your applications and tools accessible via one more click on the arrow pointing down.

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In Windows 10 clicking the Start Button displays the traditional Start Menu with with your pinned Live Tiles to the right. So, the way I look at it, in Windows 10, Microsoft have found an answer that brings back the Start Menu without disrupting the flow for users who have mastered Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Microsoft have managed to package it in way that will be familiar to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. While Windows 7 users will see it as the return of the Start Menu, Windows 8 users may see it as an overlay of the Start Screen on the Desktop. This is a smart move and maybe that was how Windows 8 ought to have been.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Windows 10 didn’t entirely drop the Start Screen was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: May 23rd, 2016

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