Hands-on with the new Start menu in Windows 10 20H1

Start menu in 20H1

Microsoft’s accidental release of an untested Windows 10
preview update to the Insiders
revealed a new Start menu. The Start menu in the leaked
build lacks Live Tiles and it could be part of the new
experience that Microsoft has been preparing for
Windows Lite, a stripped-down and lightweight version of
Windows.

The new Start menu appeared in internal-only Windows 10 Build
18947 that Microsoft accidentally pushed to some Insiders in
Fast, Slow and Release Preview Rings.

While Microsoft has already pulled the update, we’ve managed to
get our hands on the leaked build featuring the new Start menu.

This is Windows 10’s new Start menu

Start menu

Windows 10 Build 18947 comes with two Start menus – Classic
Start and Start Insiders. The second option fires up the
stripped-back Start menu design that ditches the metro-era live
tiles for standard grid icons.

Start Insiders

The Start menu is currently very basic and it can only launch
apps or perform searches.

It also has a search bar at the top which allows you to search
your apps and web. For instance, Notepad search result includes
both the app listing and web links. Below the search bar,
you’ll see a list of the “Suggested” apps that you’ve used the
most.

Start menu dark mode

The suggested area is not just limited to the Windows apps as
it can also feature the most viewed website based on browsing
history. Both Start menu’s suggested and Windows Search’s
Top apps may feature similar apps.

As usual, the right-click menu lets you pin the app to the
taskbar and manage app settings. You can also uninstall an app.

In tablet mode, the Start menu is centered on a transparent
background and it looks very similar to the desktop version.

Start menu in tablet mode

Conclusion

As mentioned, the leaked Start menu is half-baked with several
bugs, but the final version could look very different.

Multiple reports have already revealed that Microsoft has been
toying with a simpler and straightforward Start menu for
Windows Lite. This alternate Start menu could be what Microsoft
has in mind for Windows Lite, but it’s still unclear whether
the new Start menu will be brought to the full Windows 10
desktop.

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