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MSFT to Bring Back Start Menu to Windows

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As per Verge, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT - Free Report) is planning to make the Start menu available as an option in its next major Windows release, currently codenamed Threshold. It was not revealed, however, whether the Start menu will be available for all versions of Windows Threshold or just as an option to those that support desktop apps.

The new Start menu is expected to be very much similar to the one that Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95. The new version will allow the Metro apps to run as floating windows on the desktop screen. The aforesaid feature is currently available in some third-party tools like Stardock’s ModernMix.

The current Windows OS does not allow multiple Metro apps such as Skype and Skydrive to float on the same screen without running a third-party app like ModernMix. Microsoft is adding such features as a measure to increase the level of flexibility for its new style apps.

Currently, in Windows 8.1, a Start button appears at the lower left-hand corner of the screen which provides familiarity but not the functionality of the original Start button. On the contrary, it performs the same action that the Windows button does in Windows 8, ie. switching between desktop and the start screen.

The new development is supposedly a move to bring the disparate versions of Windows for different devices closer together from an end user's point of view.

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells and supports software products. The company operates in five segments: Windows & Windows Live Division, Server and Tools, Online Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and Entertainment and Devices Division. Microsoft reported revenues of $18.53 billion in the fiscal first quarter of 2014.

Currently, Microsoft has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the technology sector include Infoblox Inc with a Zacks Rank # 1 (Strong Buy), and Microchip Technology Inc (MCHP - Free Report) and Facebook Inc (FB - Free Report) , both with a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).

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