Microsoft Leaks the New Windows 10 Start Menu Without Live Tiles

Hands-on with the new Start menu in Windows 10 build 18947

According to numerous reports, Microsoft has accidentally released internal Windows 10 Build 18947 to all channels of the Windows Insider program, including Skip Ahead, Fast Ring and Slow Ring. While they do have mixed reactions for the new look of the age old classic Windows navigation tool (and we agree), the design itself may not be the final one we see on Over-The-Air updates.

The tablet mode, which replaces the Start menu with a Start screen a la Windows 8.1, drops live tiles as well. This new Start menu is reportedly aimed at Windows Lite on systems that are low on resources and power. The proposed new Start menu looks a lot more old school than the one we now have with Windows 10.

In 2017 the Redmond-based tech giant released the internal version of Microsoft Windows 10 for mobile and PC and triggered some devices to get into a reboot loop. Instead of downloading 19H2 as an entire OS, users on build 1903 (aka the May 2019 Update) can deploy it as a set of patches, much like a Cumulative Update (or like the Service Packs of yore). This was an accidental immature release, not intended for public consumption (even Insiders), and may include features that have yet to be announced by Microsoft. Saying that it has pulled the build and are "looking into the issue". That irked Windows users, prompting Microsoft to adopt a hybrid approach in Windows 10. It could turn out that the cure is worse than the disease in this case or that the new Start Menu will be just as divisive.

Moreover, the firm added the Windows 10 passwordless feature can be enabled for those running 20H1 preview build 18936 by heading to Settings Accounts Sign-in options and by pressing the "on" button under the "make your device passwordless" section.

The mistake is an embarrassing one on the part of Microsoft's Windows 10 testing efforts. - Let us know in the comments! Windows users have been split on the experience and Microsoft had introduced major changes over the years to appease critics.

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