Microsoft's Start menu was arguably the biggest announcement to come out of BUILD 2014. The feature, which has been a hot request by users, will finally return to the operating system in a future update. But the big question on everyone's mind is, "When will it arrive?"
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley got a chance to sit down with Terry Myerson, who talked about Xbox, Windows and, of course, the Start menu. But when questioned about the return of the feature, Myerson stated the following:
The reason we (showed) that work is we thought it was important to share with developers. When do I deliver it? I really don't have anything to share there. We're just not ready yet.
Even though the statement is quite bland, there is at least one take-away. Microsoft, under the Steven Sinofsky reign, was a bit more secretive about the future plans of Windows, and here we have Myerson being quite open about where the platform is heading. Even though not much was stated on timing, and that's to be expected, at least Microsoft is opening up its vision a bit more than we are accustomed to seeing in recent years.
As we previously noted, it was apparent at BUILD 2014 that there was resurgence occurring inside Microsoft under Nadella. Coupled with a Sinofsky-free environment, that's a good thing for consumers, as the company that makes the most-used operating system in the world now has a bit more spunk in its step.