The One Feature the Win 10 Start Menu Lacks: Transparent Live Tiles

  1. Cluster Head's Avatar
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       19 Dec 2015 #1

    The One Feature the Win 10 Start Menu Lacks: Transparent Live Tiles

    Windows 10 Mobile does have such a feature, though

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    Windows 10 adopters have mixed feelings about the new Start menu, and while some people love the new approach with live tiles (borrowed from the Windows 8 Start screen), others hate it and would rather get a simpler layout like in Windows 7.

    But if Microsoft’s listening to the first category of users, the company should discover that, right now, the Start menu is lacking one very important feature: the possibility of setting live tile transparency level.

    Live tiles in the Start menu have the very same purpose as in Windows 8.1 and provide a decent amount of information without the need to open the apps. And while Microsoft has introduced a number of tweaks to the Start menu, including the transparency and blur effect that’s being used on the taskbar as well, live tiles retain almost the same design as in Windows 8.1.
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  2.    19 Dec 2015 #1

    I still prefer lists with small icons in the Start Menu and am sticking with Classic Shell unless that option becomes available in Win10.
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  3.    19 Dec 2015 #2

    There are far more features missing. For example having different "All Programs" lists for apps and desktop software, the possibility to show Control Panel and PC Settings items in a list directly in start menu, generally lots of possibilities to customize the start menu... Transparent live tiles is not really on my top priority list. But for other users this might be different. Until MS let's me customize my start menu I'll stick to Classic Shell too.
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  4.    20 Dec 2015 #3

    I still prefer Windows 8 over 10. While 7 is my work beast, 8 is just more elegant then 10 IMO. LOL every time I think of Windows 10 I tend to compare it to the winner of the ugliest dog award.
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       20 Dec 2015 #4


    I wish that they would fix the calendar tile to show the date and appointments. Sometimes it shows sometimes it doesn't. And it's more not than it does. All the other tiles work eg. Mail, Weather etc. By the way I have rebuilt the stores several times and even a os reinstall. I have sent feedback to MS and I'm not the only one that has this glitch. My .02 cents.
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  6.    20 Dec 2015 #5

    I humbly disagree. The main feature that the start menu lacks is folders. This to me is just obvious. The thing I dislike the most about 8 and 10 start menu, is how difficult it can sometimes be to find/distinguish apps from one another. Native apps sit on square similar colored tiles with just a teeny tiny icon on them along with their name(to be fair, the size of this icon has grown a little bit over time). It can take a little while to distinguish apps from each other with this recipe, and it does even when you know pretty much where you are going. You have to look around a bit. I know there are a lot of ways to skin a cat in Windows, and that you can link to apps on desktop, and taskbar for ease of use. Still, why create the slick new start menu if you aren't going to make it 100% useful. As it stands, I find myself installing rocketdock, and linking to main apps on desktop/taskbar, rarely using the actual start menu which was supposed to be one of 8 and 10's biggest new features. I have yet to own a 10 tablet, but if I did, I'd probably be clamoring even louder for this suggestion to get coded in. We need more emphasis on the icon, or better yet, 100% emphasis on the icon, we'd be a lot better off at least as far as the start menu goes.

    Even more than this though, beyond the generic visual aesthetic of native app tiles, I crave the ability to organize my apps in folders on the start menu, and have them fan out in a visually pleasing way when opened, without actually leaving the start menu until an actual app is opened. I don't want to have to have an always present link to all of my apps along a massive grid (with groupings sure, but every app must always be visible) that may span a screen or two. Combine this fact with the generic nature of the native app tiles I discussed in the first paragraph, and it just adds to the search and hunt nature of the current start menu. Give us folders. Let me have my main 5-6 apps with their own links, and then beyond that, a folder for tools, another for finance, a 3rd for music apps, a 4th for social apps, things like that. I know you can put a folder on the start menu, fill it with shortcuts to apps, and have it launch in explorer. This is a 'workaround', it ain't slick. It isn't modern. Android and IOS have this feature built into their launcher, and have had it pretty much from the beginning. So did blackberry. It really can't be that hard to code.

    Anyways, this is imo, the main missing feature of the Windows Start menu and has been since the beginning.
    Last edited by musiclover7; 21 Dec 2015 at 00:25.
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