When Windows 8 was released in October 2012, it was the most radical redesign compared to previous versions of Windows. Users reacted in one of two ways: they either loved it or hated it with all their hearts. In hope to change Microsoft’s mind, many independent designers came up with interesting concepts of what Windows 8’s UI should look like. It is certain that the current version is here to stay for a while, but with the latest rumors saying that Microsoft may drop it next year, concepts are popping up again. The one created by Jay Machalani is one of the best of them.
The concept brings back the traditional Start menu in the lower left corner of the screen, but enchances it with more features. It is basically a dashboard where Windows 8’s iconic Live Tiles are placed along other shortcuts. There’s also a handy search box and power options. The full-screen version of the Start menu can be brought up by clicking on the Windows button located below the screen (on tablets) or on the keyboard. The transition between the desktop and Metro-style Start menu is different from the original and way more attractive.
Jay Machilanii managed to do something that Microsoft has failed at – he compromised the dated interface users are accustomed to with the new Start menu full of variegated Live Tiles. He did it in a smooth, unobtrusive way and received praise from the viewers. What is even more important, his approach to the idea is real and could be easily implemented. Microsoft should learn from his design.