Here are several scrapped Windows 10 Start Menu prototypes and ideas.


Sad Wolverine looking at the Windows 10 Start Menu prototype in a frame.

A new report published by Windows Central Microsoft has revealed several interesting ideas it is considering implementing in Windows 10’s Start menu. Although users warmly received the operating system when it launched eight years ago, Microsoft’s data shows that few people bothered to customize the new Start menu and its Live Tiles. This forced the company to think about improving engagement and making the Start menu easier to use.

The ideas the software company considered implementing had their roots in the canceled Lumia smartphones and their unorthodox technology that never saw the light of day.

Windows 10’s Start menu was a major departure from the largely abused Windows 8 and its touch-centric interface. While users were happy to see the return of the traditional Start menu, many found personalizing it a cumbersome process. Clicking back and forth to pin and unpin tiles, repositioning them, finding their perfect size — just to name a few “problems” that have been tested.

Here’s how Microsoft wants to fix the situation.

Pin in place

Microsoft considered using the MixView UI to eliminate the inconvenience of long cursor travel when editing tiles. MixView may have first appeared on the canceled Lumia “McLaren” with its 3D Touch display. Hovering your finger over an app will reveal a set of small tiles with additional actions and shortcuts.

A prototype of the Pin in Place feature for Windows 10's Start Menu

Microsoft wanted to use MixView to suggest installed apps, programs from the Microsoft Store, and websites when editing the Start menu on Windows 10. The operating system will place a “+” button next to the tile, allowing you to add more apps. To go to the list of all apps.

A prototype of the Pin in Place feature for Windows 10's Start Menu

Start places.

The idea behind Start Places was to help users eliminate the taskbar and turn it into a launchpad for various features, not just applications. Start Places lets users switch between the Tiles area, All Apps, My People, Documents, Timeline and other Windows features. The company also wanted to allow dragging separate locations to the taskbar for quick access.

A prototype of the Startup feature in Windows 10

In addition to the “big” features, Windows 10 developers experimented with smaller tweaks and changes, such as a “My Stuff” section in the Start menu with frequently accessed folders, an accented hamburger button, and more. there is something

A prototype of the Startup feature in Windows 10

There’s no telling why Microsoft ditched Pin-in-Place, Start Places, and other ideas. Perhaps, surveys and internal testing show that those features won’t improve the Start menu much or make users want to personalize it.

What do you think about Pin in Place and Start Place? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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