Here's the new Windows 8.1 Start menu in action


— 3:07 PM on April 8, 2014

Last week, at the Build conference, Microsoft announced the long-awaited return of the Start menu. Those not in attendance were only treated to a single screenshot—but now, thanks to the folks at Neowin, video footage of the new Start menu has made it onto YouTube. Check it out:

As we already saw from the screenshot, the new Start menu is half old school, half Modern UI. What the video shows is that the live tile area can change in size depending on the number and arrangement of the tiles within. It's not clear how big the area can get overall, but it certainly looks like you can cram in enough tiles to make the Start screen redundant, even if you do run Modern UI apps on your desktop PC.

Too bad the Start menu isn't part of today's Windows 8.1 Update. As Microsoft's Terry Myerson says in the video, we'll have to wait for a future Windows 8.1 patch to get the menu back.

   
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