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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Update 1 that launched back in April offered many benefits, particularly for desktop users who prefer using the operating system with a keyboard and mouse, instead of a touchscreen. While it added contextual menus, the ability to boot to desktop, mouse-friendly Windows 8 apps and more, it still lacked the old-school start menu most users miss.

Originally, it sounded like Microsoft was going to add its own start menu as soon as late summer in Windows 8.1 Update 2. Today, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, an insider with direct knowledge of Microsoft’s moves in the software space, said she has learned that Microsoft is instead pushing the start menu update to a much larger update called “Threshold” that isn’t expected to launch until next April. Foley said she isn’t sure why Microsoft is pushing to update.

We saw what an early version of the start menu already looks like, basically showing the old-school design of a program list complemented with Modern UI icons. Hopefully Microsoft changes its plans – we’ve been without the start menu for far too long.