Recently at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a few big updates. A couple of them will be of importance for Grand Erie English teachers and Grade 3 or 4 teachers as they will impact the teacher/student experience with Dell Venue tablets now being used in our classrooms.
1. The START MENU is coming back. Many Windows 8 users have complained that the familiar Start Menu (from Windows 7, Vista, XP, etc) is missing. Personally, I’ve found that the new Windows 8 Start Screen does the job of the old Start Menu, and more. If you simply go to the new Start Screen, swipe up for All Apps and start typing, you can easily find what you’re looking for (much more quickly than manually browsing the old All Programs list). In any case, for those who prefer the old Start Menu, it will be returning along with added links to live tiles on the Start Screen.
2. Apps from the Start Screen can appear as windows on the Desktop. If you prefer to operate solely in Desktop mode (rather than working from the Start Screen), you will be able to have apps from the Start Screen open within a window on the traditional Desktop.
Note: release date for the above updates is not yet known.