Every time Microsoft announces changes to Windows consumers hold their breath. Sometimes those changes knock our socks off. But sometimes they leave us scratching our heads, or cursing at our computer screens.
Well, Microsoft is at it again. But this time it seems like the company has learned its lesson. After receiving a lot of backlash over the changes it made to the Windows 8 Start menu, Microsoft is now trying new menu changes with a group of beta testers.
According to a sneak peek that was just released by Microsoft, your Windows 10 Start menu may soon show the All Apps list by default. The change is intended to be subtle and not disrupt the tools users have already familiarized themselves with. But, then again, that's what Microsoft says every time.
The goal of this change, however, is to make apps more easy to access from the Start menu. The proposed Start menu will hopefully reduce the amount of clicks it takes to reach the apps you use most by removing the need to click on the All Apps icon.
Jen Gentleman, a software engineer at Microsoft, shared a GIF on Twitter recently to help address concerns that skeptical consumers might have.
This transparency from Microsoft comes after the company announced earlier this year that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows. That means no more new versions, just continuous upgrades, similar to Apple's OS X.
Whether or not this new Start Menu can be considered an upgrade is still to be determined. What do you think after watching this GIF?
— Jen Gentleman (@JenMsft) April 4, 2016
The GIF moves pretty quickly, so here's a screen shot of the new layout:
The change is part of Microsoft's next major update, dubbed "Redstone," which is going to make Windows 10 run better on mobile hardware, plus add support for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality system, Xbox One and other parts of the Microsoft ecosystem.
Redstone was originally set for a two-part release in the summer and fall of 2016. Now, it's believed that the release will happen sometime this summer. Most likely in June or July.