Windows 8.2 Might Have A Legit Start Menu, Metro Apps In Desktop Mode

The next major Windows 8 update might be the best version of the OS so far, if new rumors are to be believed.

Paul Thurrott from Supersite for Windows¬†thinks Windows 8.2, which may be using the codename “Threshold,” will bring the full Start Menu back to Windows 8. The 8.1 update from earlier this year brought the Start button back to everyone’s favorite-ish OS, but the traditional menu was not included. Once 8.2 is out, presumably in 2014, the Desktop Mode in Windows 8 should look an awful lot like Windows 7.

Another major update: Running Metro apps in Desktop mode. These apps will run in windows when Desktop Mode is enabled, allowing for all of your Windows apps to run everywhere in the OS. No more segregation, it seems!

This “threshold” update is, as Paul puts it, “…a wave of updates that will bring Windows 8.x, Windows Phone and Xbox One closer together from a user experience perspective.” In other words: Microsoft eventually wants the same OS on all the hardware, and this Threshold update will put all three platforms on the brink of such a goal. Now I think there will always be a few differences between what’s on the Xbox and what’s on your PC, but if it’s 90-95 percent the same? That makes life easy for Microsoft, and probably easy for John Q. PC User as well.

Are you using Windows 8 or 8.1? I dabble, but most of my time (on my desktop, at least) is still spent in Windows 7. We know you have opinions on Windows, so leave ‘em in the comments!

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6 Comments on Windows 8.2 Might Have A Legit Start Menu, Metro Apps In Desktop Mode


On December 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

As it currently stands, I -despise- Windows 8 (and 8.1 since it was just a marketing gimmic to say “Hey people we have the start button!… but not the menu OOPS”). I am a computer tech, and it is actually harder to get into systems I need to get into to repair stuff; also Safe mode? Is in like 6 sub-menus during the bootup sequence.


On December 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Microsoft is only shooting themselves in the foot with these rapid major version iterations that have drastically different interface changes. It will eventually reach a point where consumer operating systems and business operating systems are completely different (and not just the same product with extra features). Business applications that function outside of a web browser simply cannot keep up. Microsoft is basically forcing their big business customers into desktop solutions categories besides the standard (current) Windows OS. While Microsoft has solutions in these other categories, their competitors often do it better in these categories. Linux endpoint VDI access, iOS tablets, web hosted office/mail, non-Microsoft published applications, etc.


On December 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I have had Windows 8 since beta I now have win8 pro. I have never had any problems with the so called bull that been going around about “get back the old system” the system is perfect I never use the area of apps I see it as pointless as its made for tablets or touch screens not PC’s, I can’t see myself getting out of chair to go to my t.v. to swipe here and swipe there, maybe if I was doing presentations yes, but I don’t use it for that, I just use it for the PC brilliance. I use it in desktop mode and its unbelievable you can do as you would do in win 7, all this fuss is over nothing. Win8 is a brilliant and a very protective operating system as long as you update. the system kicks ass :)


On December 11, 2013 at 12:13 am

I managed to grab Win8 when it was a cut down price, so I honestly can’t grumble because I couldn’t even see a movie at the cinema for the amount I paid for Win8. The OS itself, to be honest, I really like. I switch between desktop and the app screen depending what I want to do. I have a really good music player on the app screen, as well as a movie player and some other bits and pieces (Twitter, Youtube, News, Email, etc), then the desktop I use for everything else like browsing, games and so on.

The OS has a nice flow to the way I can switch between different tasks, which, in comparison, I always found a bit clunky with Win7. So yeah, I have no issues with it at all and the suggested changes above sounds like it’ll only make it better.

Diva 2305

On December 11, 2013 at 5:29 am

I just love it. And of course I have a touchscreen on my laptop and never uses a mouse anymore. There are things that could be better, but all in all its the best MS OS ever. And I hardly ever spend my time on the desktop.


On April 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

“Warning: Windows 8.1 Hates Your Mouse”"
WARNING: I hate Windows 8.x!!!
W7 is good though….