Windows 10 UI Changes
The New Start Menu
The Windows 10 Start Menu is a blend between the Windows 7 start menu and the Windows 8 start menu using live tiles.
That said, we can still point to various features that embody the new Windows 10 experience, and will almost certainly make the cut. These include the revamped Start menu; the new “task view,” virtual desktops and ALT-TAB features; windowed apps; and the new “snap assist” capability. Granted, I had a just a few moments to play around with each. But I quite liked what I saw, and if you sign up for the new Windows Insider program, you’ll have a chance to form your own impressions beginning on Wednesday.
When it comes to practicality, the new windows 10 start menu is useful. On the left, there’s a list of frequently used apps, along with shortcuts to PC settings, as well as your documents and pictures folders. At the bottom, there’s a shortcut to launch an “all apps” view.
On the right, the Live Tiles reproduce the functionality of the Windows 8 Start screen, with resizeable tiles that can dynamically show you how much unread mail is left. It appears that you should think of Live Tiles more like notifications rather than app shortcuts, though you can use them either way.
If you want, you can resize the Start menu, increasing or decreasing its size and adjusting its position.
Also, if you want to resize the Start menu itself, you’re free to do so (up to a point).
In the development stages of Windows 10, some people claimed Microsoft would allow you to switch to the Windows 8 style start menu. I guess it's so unpopular Microsoft decided not to include that feature. Apparently, people prefer the desktop experience. Imagine that.