Windows 9 Set For Reveal At Microsoft Event Today, Preview Shows It Will Do Away With The Windows 8 Start Menu

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Sep 30, 2014 10:52 AM EDT

Microsoft is more than likely set to reveal Windows 9 at a media event today, and there are a few details online about what to expect from the new operating system.

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As we reported, Windows 9 will come as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, which is positive news for owners of the often-maligned OS. One of the major features on the way--shown in the leaked video below from German site WinFuture--will be the return of the classic Start menu.

The default Windows 8 menu, taking up the whole screen on launch with its live tiles, will be no more. The traditional corner-based Start is back, and the live tiles have been relegated to a sidebar of the Start menu. This optional, customizable method is much more discrete and does not force the Windows 8 style (which worked well for tablets but was mostly unnecessary on computers) on users.

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You can change the sizes of the live tiles within the start menu and pick which you want to display. The video demonstrates some of the features and tricks, which combine the traditional Windows format with some of the innovations from Windows 8. This could be the finest balance between old and new that Microsoft was looking for, but it remains to be seen if the newer features will have a use in this layout. The OS in the video is a preview build for developers Microsoft used earlier this month.

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