Suffer not: 10 Windows Start menus for Windows 8.1

Although Windows 8's Start menu is still MIA in Windows 'Blue,' a smorgasbord of replacements can fill the void
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It 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. 

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