The rumor mill is spinning that Microsoft's promised return of the Start Menu in Windows 8.1 is still quite some time away from us. The software giant never really shared a launch date other than that it would return in a future update and now ZD Net's Mary Joy Foley reports that the rollout of the new Start Menu may be delayed until sometime in 2015.
Foley heard from her sources that the Start Menu won't be coming with Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August after all as Microsoft decided to hold off on delivering it until the next "major" release of Windows, which is codenamed Threshold.
Microsoft's operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next "major" release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I'm not clear whether the postponement is because the feature won't be fully baked in time, or if there's another reason for the change in plans.
Microsoft still is moving full steam ahead with plans to try to make Windows 8.x more palatable and usable by those using mice and keyboards, as well as those used to previous Windows iterations. That strategy hasn't changed.