Yet an­other Start menu change com­ing to W10

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You’ll have to get used to a re­designed Start menu in a forth­com­ing up­date to Win­dows 10.

Mi­crosoft has un­veiled an early ver­sion of Red­stone 4, the co­de­name for the ma­jor up­date due in March next year (num­bered Ver­sion 1803). It re­veals more of the com­pany’s new Flu­ent De­sign style, which adds depth and trans­parency ef­fects to icons and fold­ers.

The over­all feel is more like the Aero de­sign in Win­dows Vista and 7, re­ject­ing the one-di­men­sional style of Win­dows 8.

One of the big­gest changes is the ‘Re­veal’ ef­fect in the Start menu. This is a light­ing ef­fect that sub­tly changes the colour of parts of the menu when you hover your cur­sor over them.

Mi­crosoft shows how it works at www.snipca.com/ 25793. As the cur­sor scrolls over a list of US cities, each one ap­pears in a grey-tinted box. The ben­e­fit is that you know pre­cisely what you are click­ing. You can also see it in the screen­shot above, with ‘Win­dows Cen­tral’ high­lighted.

This may seem like a mi­nor change, but it should nonethe­less make the Start menu eas­ier to nav­i­gate.

The Red­stone 4 pre­view is avail­able only to users signed up to Mi­crosoft’s Skip Ahead scheme. This launched in Au­gust to give ad­vanced users the chance to test the next up­date but one – in this case Red­stone 4, which will fol­low the Fall Cre­ators Up­date (num­bered Ver­sion 1709, due on 17 Oc­to­ber).

Let­ting users try un­fin­ished tools ear­lier means Mi­crosoft can test them for longer, hope­fully mak­ing them more sta­ble when they are re­leased to the pub­lic. Some Flu­ent De­sign touches will be ev­i­dent in the Fall Cre­ators Up­date, such as in the re­designed Ac­tion Cen­ter, which shows no­ti­fi­ca­tions on the right side of your screen. •

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