Yes, the Start menu is coming back in Windows 10, the next version of Windows. Besides reintroducing the Start menu with Live Tiles, there is the addition of multiple desktops, universal search, as well as adaptability for mouse and keyboard, tablets, touchscreens, and servers.
Starting tomorrow, buggy and unfinished copies of Windows 10 (the Technical Previews) will become available to developers and those who are brave enough to play with the new OS, through a service called the Windows Insider Program, which is designed to get both dev and customer input.
Here’s how Microsoft describes its ambitious operating system that will work across all device platforms:
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.
This will be a true test of courage and ingenuity from Microsoft, because the Windows 8 and Windows 7 transitions were anything but beautiful; late 2015 will be quite a crucial time for the company.