Windows 10 Anniversary Update was recently unveiled by Microsoft during its Build developer conference. In the new update, the company is expected to bring a significant number of improvements and new features. However, the company didn’t talk about changes coming to the Start menu, or at least until now.
Today, the software giant published a new article in the Quests section inside the Feedback Hub titled “Improving the All apps list in Start” that highlights new changes possibly coming to Start with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update later this summer.
The company is showing user-interface improvements coming to the Start screen, which will only appear on tablet mode or for those users activating the fullscreen version of the menu. The changes also expand to the Start menu, which appear by default on every Windows 10 PC.
On the Start screen, the tweaks Microsoft is planning show an All apps list that resembles the design found in the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
The updated design removes the current Live Tiles sections to display a combined “Most Used” and “All apps” list view with three rows located front and center. To what Microsoft says: “this approach, we hope to address the confusion that many users felt with the two very similar list views.”
The company continues saying: “We’ve also made it easier and more clear how to switch between the “Pinned Tiles” and “All apps” views by adopting the navigation pane pattern used throughout Windows.”
On the Start menu, which is the default menu for any PC running Windows 10, the software maker is planning to show an identical structured list of apps, but using a single row to display a combined list of “Most Used” and “All apps” list view. The new design for the menu will also keep the Live Tiles section on the right.
In both cases, users will notice that buttons for File Explorer, Documents, and other locations will no longer show up in the menu. However, the power and Settings buttons will appear on a narrow menu on the left side, which is very interesting, as it aligns with the language design we’re seeing with the Windows 10 Universal apps.
All the changes are being planned on afford to reduce clicking and scrolling, Microsoft says. If you like the new changes, make sure to send your feedback that will determine whether the changes will ship at one point in Windows 10.
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