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Microsoft could launch Windows 8.2 in January

The new update to Microsoft's operating system is expected to arrive in January, bringing back the old Start menu and offering various other enhancements.

Windows 8 had no Start button and a lot of users were not happy with this. Microsoft listened to their complaints and put it back in Windows 8.1, but the old Start menu did not return as well. Now it seems Windows 8.2 will finally bring back the familiar Start menu linked to the Start button and without any major changes compared to Windows 7.

According to multiple sources, these are the highlights of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.2 update:

  • Start menu - as mentioned above, the Start button will be linked to the Start menu, the same way as it was since Windows 95
  • Internet Explorer - while version 11 of the browser did not bring any noticeable changes, the next version should feature obvious visual and functional changes
  • App store unification - one app store for Windows-powered tablets, phones and computers would be a logical move and it is possible to see it happening soon
  • File Explorer Libraries - this feature was introduced in Windows 7, still present in Windows 8, but vanished in Windows 8.1 and it will make its comeback in Windows 8.2

The next Windows update will be free and should arrive in January 2014 or at least in "early 2014" as most rumors claim. On the other hand it has also been rumored that Microsoft could simply drop the ill-fated Windows 8 label and go straight to Windows 9, but this is one rumor to be taken with a large grain of salt.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11-25 (Update: 2013-11-25)