Seems Microsoft really has put its Windows Start menu out to pasture, alongside Bob, Clippy, and Rover. Sure, the forthcoming 8.1 update to Windows 8 has a shiny new Start button, but clicking it doesn't cause a familiar menu to pop up, providing users quick access to their preferred apps and files. Why'd Microsoft retire the menu in the first place? It was a design choice made by Steven Sinofsky, former head of Microsoft's Windows division.
If you fall into the category of users who don't share Sinofsky’s vision of a menu-less Windows 8, take heart. Several third-party developers have built menus for the operating systems -- and some are arguably superior to any that Microsoft has ever made.