SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft reportedly is planning to bring back the Start Menu as we once knew it, in the Windows 8.2 service pack.
According to Winsupersite, Microsoft is planning the return of the Windows Start button under the codename "Threshold", and this will be the first time we'll see it in its original form since Windows 7.
Windows 8.1, which was released this October, brought back the Start button but not the full features of the Start Menu found in previous versions of the Windows operating system (OS).
However, according to Winsupersite, the Windows 8.2 Start Menu might return only on desktop PCs as opposed to tablets like the Microsoft Surface, which run Windows RT.
Project Threshold is likely to arrive along with updates to all three Microsoft operating system families - Windows and Windows RT, Windows Phone and Xbox One. It's also likely to come at the same time as a merge of Microsoft's rather unsuccessful mobile OS Windows RT with Windows Phone.
Late last month it was rumoured that Microsoft will drop one of its several operating systems after one of the firm's executives said it has too many.
"We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three," said Microsoft EVP of Devices Julie Larson-Green at a UBS Global Technology Conference.
The most likely eventuality is that Microsoft will discontinue the rather pointless ARM powered Windows RT OS that runs on the Surface RT and Surface 2 tablet devices, merging it with the Windows Phone mobile operating system to unify the two and simplify the ecosystem.
This idea is made more plausible by the rumours that appeared a few months ago that Windows RT could make its way onto phones. µ