A closer look at the new Start menu on Windows 10X

Windows 10X Start screen
Image Courtesy: MKBHD

On October 2,
Microsoft announced Windows 10X for dual-screen and folding
devices like
Surface Neo. According to Microsoft, the OS is based on
Windows 10 and it comes with a series of user-interface
changes, including a new Start that offers less cluttered
experience.

Windows 10X is a new expression of Windows 10, which explains
the naming scheme and it comes with an updated UI that would
adapt to this new product category. One of the biggest design
changes in Windows 10X is the Start menu, which has
been substantially redesigned to focus more on
productivity and apps.

As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows 10 Start menu
now looks more like an app launcher or home screen. Like
Microsoft Launcher for Android, the Start menu also provides
access to apps, essential shortcuts and recommended files or
programs.

Windows 10X

The recommendations are essentially the apps or files that
Microsoft’s AI wants you to open and it is based on your
activity. Right below the Start menu, a colourful and
Fluent-based Start button is part of the taskbar-like area.

For the time being, the simplified Start menu has the following
two sections:

  • My apps and websites: It shows you the 15 apps and websites
    that you open frequently. It also includes a ‘show all’ link
    which should open the all apps list.
  • Recommended: This section shows recently accessed and
    recommended files or programs. Microsoft might be using its AI
    technology to set recommendations based on user activity.

The Start menu would be slightly different on a traditional PC
if Microsoft ever ports Windows 10X’s UI improvements to the
traditional Windows operating system.

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