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The new Windows 10 start menu is now official

Microsoft has also announced other new features that improve the functionality of its operating system.

Microsoft has announced the new Windows 10 Start menu  that has been rumored for months.

The company already showed a preview of this start menu in March this year, which is already coming to the Windows 10 Insiders program, as the company explained in a blog post on July 1. The most significant change is that the new menu is visually more uniform when it stops giving so much emphasis to Live Tiles, a characteristic element of Windows 10. (Live Tiles are those “tiles” where applications or widgets are found inside the start menu and that currently have very striking colors).

“We are revamping the Start menu with a more uniform design that removes the solid color tiles behind the icons in the application list and applies a partially transparent uniform background to the tiles,” explains Microsoft in its publication.

Microsoft says it is still possible to customize the menu and that you can choose a color accent in dark mode for the Start menu, the taskbar and the activity center.

Along with an updated Start menu, the latest version of Windows 10 also includes changes to the Alt-Tab command (which helps you to access any open application or window faster). From now on the command will optionally show all the open tabs of Microsoft Edge (until now only the one that was active at the time of pressing the command was shown).

Finally, the system notifications now add an “X” button so you can close them when they bother you easily. These changes are already available to users of the Insider program and although Microsoft has not disclosed the date that all users will have access to these changes, it is expected to happen in some of the semi-annual updates within this year.

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