Windows 10, which has been exhausted by Microsoft, has finally ushered in a milestone achievement.
Windows 10 has more than 1 billion monthly active devices. "On this planet, one in seven people is using Windows 10."
The Microsoft team made a special video for everyone, as a "gift" for this achievement. This video also reveals the next design changes in Windows 10, such as the start menu.
Earlier news said that Windows 10 Live Tile Design will be out of the stage. Although the new menu did not cancel the tile, the multi-color design has been abandoned, leaving only two shades. At the same time, the text information in the tile also increased slightly. As for whether it will move, it is unknown at this time.
In terms of icons, Windows 10 has abandoned the pure flat style and replaced it with new icons with stronger three-dimensionality. This improvement has been implemented in the latest version of Windows.
From birth to now, the Windows Start menu has changed dramatically. But "start" is the soul of Windows, so every change affects the user's heart.
The beginning of "start"
In order to improve the use efficiency, Windows 95 has added a start menu to lay the foundation for subsequent development. The menus of this period contain many user-based functions, such as programs, documents, settings, and so on. The most important power source is of course not dropped.
Like all operating systems at the time, the newly-launched start menu was completely cool, with only low-resolution icons and lines of text.
Windows XP is rooted
During XP, the interface design of Windows changed drastically, and the start menu was upgraded from gray to blue. At the same time, the list of start menus has been increased to two columns: frequently used applications are displayed on the left, and system functions are displayed on the right.
At the same time, you can also fix commonly used programs in the menu and make the desired functions available at a touch, further improving the use efficiency.
Perhaps the menus of XP are too good, and subsequent improvements in Windows Vista and 7 are mostly designed rather than interactive.
With every update before Windows 7, users can adapt quickly until the advent of Windows 8.
Windows 8 begins to get lost
During this period, Microsoft thought of a very avant-garde design style-flat. They first appeared on Windows Phone 7, and then continued on Windows 8 on the PC.
When everyone was making things, flatness was born, which brought a lot of new ideas to UI design, and it gradually became a trend.
But while leading the trend, Microsoft was taken away by another trend, which is the touch screen. In order to fit the touch screen, the start menu has a leapfrog upgrade.
At this time, the start menu should be called "Start Screen". Because it doesn't pop up like before, but instead enters a brand new desktop designed for touch.
It is embarrassing that there were not many touch PCs at the time, and they have not even become mainstream now. Not only is such a menu useless, it has become a gulf for everyone to upgrade.
Faced with an interface full of tiles and no taskbar, who would have thought that he would get lost in the start menu that he should be familiar with?
The steps are too big, Windows 8 is just like Vista. It didn't take long to be thrown into the trash and replaced by the next Windows 10.
Windows 10 returns to moderation
The start menu of Windows 10 first returned to a normal level in size, and the learning cost was greatly reduced.
The classic and the avant-garde each gave up half a step, half the list and half the tiles, which is the modest Windows 10 start menu today.
Despite this, there are still many users saying that it is difficult to adapt, and there are many third-party tools that use the banner of "Return to Classic Start Menu" to attract users.
This only proves that the start menu of the Windows XP / 7 era is really too popular.
In fact, only in the Windows 10 era, the Start menu has undergone numerous small improvements, and the interface announced today is just one step.
Of course, if you like this new design … don't say it. Microsoft, you know.