Windows Threshold Start menu and windowed modern apps leak

While we all wait for update 2 to arrive, supposedly on August 12th, it looks like another set of Start menu images have appeared on the web. This time though, we get a bit more information with the addition of a windowed modern app that shows the Windows Store.

As with all leaks, take each with a grain of salt but as far as we can tell, they do look legitimate. However, anyone who spends hours in Photoshop could produce these images quite easily. The build for this image leak is 9795 and falls in-line with our expectations for a build number based on current internal builds at Microsoft.

Just because this images leaked does not mean that this build is outside the walls of Microsoft. We know that internal users are now testing Threshold and could very easily produce these images from the current builds.

While we have yet to see a full build leak into the wild, we are still optimistic that it may occur. Microsoft has clamped down on trying to prevent leaks over the past 6 weeks but no security measure is perfect.

Microsoft has kept quiet on the details of the Start menu. While they did briefly talk about Threshold at WPC14, there was not a lot of new information to share. While we keep poking around to see if we can gather up any more details about the images, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Enron said,
They still need to put in icons to match Metro. What's with the old Windows 7 look there?

Because, apparently, these screenshots are all fake.

At least, so says Paul Thurrott yesterday.

Ewwness? Does anyone want Live Tiles on the desktop? Do they really want to replace desktop apps in which they do essential tasks today with "Modern" a.k.a ugly, dumbed down, childish apps with poor usability and all the customization, features and power sucked out? :p

How are they dumbed down? Childish?

And there is no reason you cannot have a Modern UI app with good usability and the ability to customize it.

Lamp Post said,
How are they dumbed down? Childish?

He's mad because "Grandmasoft" doesn't include 300,000+ switches, buttons, and gizmos to revert and remove all the changes back to Windows 1.0.

Dot Matrix said,

He's mad because "Grandmasoft" doesn't include 300,000+ switches, buttons, and gizmos to revert and remove all the changes back to Windows 1.0.


Well, one could have 300 000 switches, buttons and gizmos if one wanted it. It's just that most developers would find that to be a bad design.

Lamp Post said,

Well, one could have 300 000 switches, buttons and gizmos if one wanted it. It's just that most developers would find that to be a bad design.

Everyone would find that to be bad design, and kludgy to work around. Windows would be perpetually broken if Microsoft left everything in and didn't bother streamlining the code base.

Dot Matrix said,

He's mad because "Grandmasoft" doesn't include 300,000+ switches, buttons, and gizmos to revert and remove all the changes back to Windows 1.0.

Wow Dot Matrix is now putting words in others' mouth. :o

UXGaurav said,

Wow Dot Matrix is now putting words in others' mouth. :o


Feel free to come with your own words instead of whining about him putting words in your mouth.

UXGaurav said,

Wow Dot Matrix is now putting words in others' mouth. :o

It comes right from your Twitter feed. From your ranting, I've gathered that your mad at Microsoft for removing deprecated features, and "dumbing" down Windows since Vista and Office 2007.

You seem to have an illogical aversion to anything that isn't filled to the brim with options and customization switches.

https://mobile.twitter.com/UXG...statuses/491438034739396609

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jul 22 2014, 1:41pm :

Dot Matrix said,

You seem to have an illogical aversion to anything that isn't filled to the brim with options and customization switches.

You seem to think that adding more customization options is the same thing as putting 300000+ switches and reverting all the changes back to Windows 1.0? I can't help but laugh at your thinking. :p Moreover your expectation seems to be that everyone in the world should be content with the limited choice Microsoft give compared to the increased choice they used to give and yet you think I am being illogical? Nice! :p

UXGaurav said,

You seem to think that adding more customization options is the same thing as putting 300000+ switches and reverting all the changes back to Windows 1.0? I can't help but laugh at your thinking. :p Moreover your expectation seems to be that everyone in the world should be content with the limited choice Microsoft give compared to the increased choice they used to give and yet you think I am being illogical? Nice! :p


Where do you get this idea that a Modern UI app has to be more limited than a WPF application or similar?

Lamp Post said,

Where do you get this idea that a Modern UI app has to be more limited than a WPF application or similar?

One example. Google for: "Desktop apps only" site:microsoft.com

UXGaurav said,

One example. Google for: "Desktop apps only" site:microsoft.com

The are no limitations to Metro apps. It's up to the developer.

UXGaurav said,

One example. Google for: "Desktop apps only" site:microsoft.com


I mostly get MSDN documentation in the results. What am I looking for?

this design looks like a mess. they used to have a great power-off/shutdown button in vista startmenu, then in win 7 it got worse and now its just a text? no thanks...

Seems nobody likes changes.... Come on its 2014. I don't hear complaints about android changes,and Mac and ios changes. Well I do hear complaints, but not as much as this. Micrsoft just trying to get rid of the old and bring in the new. And people don't like change

Yes, change is difficult. However, productivity is paramount. So, when the "change" is not helping productivity (in a huge amount of settings) users resist. MS is so very slowly recognizing their mistake and is taking steps to fix the mess they created. Windows-9 could be a defining moment. We'll see.

Looks like a "Metro" popup to me, but then again I never use apps, I utilize applications. Hope they let lowlifes like me Beta and RC it, like they did with Windows 7.

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