Microsoft has once again teased a new part of its Windows 8 user interface.
The company revealed how the new Start Menu looks during a Windows 8 video on Monday. The Start Menu appears to have a flat and Metro look, using both text and icons to illustrate different options. The Start Menu contains:
It’s not immediately clear from the video whether this is the default Start Menu experience or a customised version that users can control. It appears radically different from the existing Start Menu in Windows 7 however. Microsoft has previously revealed that the Start Menu functionality will be replaced by the new Start Screen in Windows 8. The Start Menu and side parts of the UI appear to be identical to previous discoveries in leaked copies of Windows 8. A number of Windows enthusiasts discovered references to an “immersive” user experience in Windows 8.
Microsoft revealed its new Windows 8 Start Button during a previous “Building Windows 8″ video. The Start Button appears to be more flat with pastel colors, reflecting Microsoft’s adoption of the Metro design language it now uses throughout the company. Microsoft’s new Start Screen UI is designed to support the latest PC form factors, including touch-based slates and tablets. The main elements will include:
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start Menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
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