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Microsoft tweaking the Start menu in Windows 10 update

The Start menu in the "anniversary" update due out this summer makes apps more prominent and settings less so. Microsoft wants to know what you think.

Microsoft plans some tweaks for the Start menu in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The Start menu in the first major update to the Windows 10 operating system will sport at least a couple of changes, and Microsoft wants your feedback.

The Start menu has been a source of controversy since Microsoft took it away with Windows 8 and then brought it back with Windows 10. Users are often sensitive to even minor tweaks, which is what they can expect with the update due out this summer.

The Start menu in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update displays an All Apps menu right from the get-go, eliminating the need to click its icon to display it, according to an animated gif tweeted Monday by Microsoft software engineer Jen Gentleman. The Settings and Account features are also hidden, requiring you to click a hamburger icon (the icon with three horizontal bars) to reveal them.

The free Anniversary Update, which marks the first full year of the OS, also promises improvements to the Hello login feature and the Cortana voice assistant as well as support for the HoloLens augmented-reality headset. It's still a work in progress and Microsoft is encouraging users to weigh in.

A feedback form on the new Windows Start menu lets you vote on the new changes and suggest further enhancements. Members of the free Windows Insider program who get early releases of a new version will also be able to share their feedback with Microsoft on the new Start menu once they can try it in action.

(Via Windows Central)