Windows 10 may get Start menu redesign without live tiles

Windows 10 may soon get a new Start menu without live tiles and with a new design that will bring back traditional icons.

Windows 10X Start menu with icons, no live tiles
Windows 10X Start menu with icons, no live tiles

Microsoft may be planning to replace the Start menu on Windows 10 with a new design that ditches the live tiles in favor of traditional icons according to sources.

When the software giant first introduced Windows 10, the desktop included a new Start menu that combined the familiarity of the Windows 7 menu with the Start screen live tiles available with Windows 8.

While the live tiles were a good idea at the time, as they were meant to give you a quick glance in real-time of things happening within the app, the approach never took off. Also, after the death of Windows Mobile, Microsoft even stopped updating the live tiles platform, and nowadays, the Start menu tiles don’t really display anything useful.

According to a report from Windows Latest, sources familiar to the plan say that a new Start menu is in the works that will replace the live tiles with traditional icons. The Start menu redesign is expected to have a style similar to the one for Windows 10X, but it’ll include tweaks to adjusts the menu for desktop devices.

While there’s not a release date for this change, the rumor suggests that users may see the new menu with traditional icons sometime after the second major release of Windows 10 (20H2) in 2020.

Of course, as with any rumors, things can always change and move to a different direction, but since Microsoft has already been updating the icons for Windows 10, and there’s a new Start menu for Windows 10X, there is a good chance for a new menu to appear on desktops.

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