Microsoft is expected to bring some significant changes to its next version of Windows. According to report from Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start menu as an option in the next major Windows release codenamed as “Threshhold”. It’s not clear if the Start menu will be made available for all versions of Windows Threshold. According to Thurrott it may appear as an option for desktop apps only.
The next Windows is supposed to include an option to run Windows 8-style (“Metro”) apps on the desktop. Currently, the metro apps run alongside the desktop, but the next version of Windows is said to expand this greatly by allowing Metro apps to float as separate windows on the desktop.
Two Separate Versions for Consumers & Enterprise
According to ZDNet, Microsoft is moving to a simplified version of Windows for consumers, including a version focused on Windows 8-style (“Metro”) apps that’s updated frequently and available for ARM-based Windows tablets, PCs, and Windows Phones. It will be designed for the current PC market and will fully support existing desktop apps.
A separate enterprise version will include the policy management and enterprise features that you’d expect, but it’s not designed to be updated as frequently as the consumer version.
Microsoft’s next major release Windows “Threshold” is expected to debut in spring 2015.