Microsoft is working on the Windows 10 UI refresh, named Project Neon, with the primary focus being on the redesign of the Start Menu for Windows 10. Below is a screenshot of the concept design shared by Tom Hounsel on Twitter, with visible changes to the Start Menu.
The design is more similar to the earlier designs for Windows Vista and Windows 7, rather than the flat and squarish look of the current Windows 10 design. The new blurred transparency effects for the Live Tiles “add a fantastic aesthetic to the previous version.”
As shown in the screenshots, there’s a new icon in the Start Menu for Snapchat that is expected to be a placeholder. Such ideas could raise high expectations for the the upcoming Neon UI for the Start Menu, so let’s see if Microsoft can deliver.
Bing Wang of IObit, (IObit’s third-party software will remain compatible with Windows 10 after the update says the changes to the Start Menu) says that the changes are something to look forward to.
“After consideration of consumer feedback on the classic Start Menu, Microsoft finally added the Start menu to Windows 10 in the early updates and Project Neon will definitely give it a big boost. We look forward to the update in the near future,” he says.
“However, third-party programs like IObit Start Menu 8 will be still popular due to more custom based services. IObit’s focus is to provide good services to meet our user’s needs and will continue our effort to improve Start Menu 8 as new changes are made to the operating systems.”
IObit’s Start Menu 8 is a customized desktop utility for Windows users, designed to bring back the familiar Classic Start Menu to Windows 8/8.1 & Windows 10. It offers a method of switching freely between the latest Window 10 start menu and Windows Classic Start Menu, as well as providing multiple start menus options for Windows 7/Vista/XP.
Start Menu 8 allows customisation options to skip Modern UI & Welcome on Windows 8.1 and customise the Windows 10 taskbar in a number of ways.