Windows 10’s new Start menu at 1 billion

Windows 10’s new Start menu at 1 billion

Windows 10 has officially hit a billion users and Microsoft recently teased upcoming changes to the operating system in a low-quality video. Today, Microsoft has finally posted high-resolution screenshots of Windows 10’s upcoming changes, which gives us a closer look at the new Start menu and other bits and pieces of the refreshed UI. Also, Microsoft is releasing a lot of new features, for example a network sniffer.

Windows 10 reaches 1 billion

The new Start menu looks sleeker and simplified, and live tiles are still part of it for select apps such as Weather, News, Mail, and Photos.

As we’ve seen before, the revamped Start menu features new app icons, but older elements haven’t been entirely discontinued yet.

Windows 10 Live tiles
Windows 10 Live tiles

The live and custom colour tiles have disappeared for the most part, but these elements haven’t been entirely discontinued as Microsoft is still using live tiles for apps such as Weather, News and Calendar, where it makes more sense.

The Start menu looks less of a hotchpotch by removing the custom colour for apps that have been around since Windows 8.

If you currently use live tiles for other apps, you can continue to do so according to Microsoft. As you can in the GIF below, the Start menu comes with both Fluent Design icons and rounded corners.

Windows 10 features: start menu update
Windows 10 features: start menu update
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