Microsoft’s iconic Start Menu will finally be available on Windows 8 this August as part of a second update to the Windows 8.1 OS, The Verge reports. The company first announced the Start Menu’s official return earlier this month at its annual BUILD conference, but wouldn’t say exactly when it might launch.
The new Start Menu isn’t the traditional list of programs Windows fans are used to, but it’s still a huge step up from what Windows 8 currently offers. The new menu features a mix of standard apps and programs placed side-by-side with Windows 8-style live tiles. Based on early demos the updated Start menu actually looks pretty nice, and we’re looking forward to trying it out for ourselves.
The upcoming Windows 8.1 update is also expected to introduce Windows 8-style apps that can run in the traditional desktop mode inside smaller windows. The update reportedly focuses on desktop users who prefer working with a keyboard and mouse rather than a touchscreen display, which is basically the same audience that Windows 8.1 Update 1 addresses.
The update is currently scheduled to hit around August.