Microsoft: Yes, We’re Bringing Back the Start Menu

In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said it would bring back the Start Menu to the Windows desktop. It's not a part of the coming Windows 8.1 Update, but will come in a future upgrade. Microsoft's Terry Myerson showed off the new version of the Start Menu to an audience of developers at Build 2014 as he explained that users would be able to find apps via the menu. Users would also be able to run Modern (aka "Metro") apps within windows on the desktop. See also: Cortana, Microsoft's Siri, Comes to Life in Windows Phone 8.1 In a demo, Myerson showed that the new Start Menu looks similar to as it did in Windows 7, but it includes a minimized version of the Start screen right beside it. Read more...More about Microsoft, Tech, Dev Design, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone...

YouTube’s Redesign Smells a Lot Like Mobile

YouTube took the wraps off a site redesign on Friday, one that borrows heavily from the service's mobile apps. Its new site is better designed to display on any size screen and has more of an emphasis on playlists. Now when you Like a playlist, it will appear in the left sidebar. Playlists you create will be listed in the sidebar, too, just one click away from anywhere on the site. A simplified editing page makes creating playlists easier as well. See also: 20 Funniest YouTube Videos According to Reddit YouTube's website is also now center-aligned with a more card-like appearance, just like its mobile apps. The front page is simple, with just two views: What to Watch and Your Subscriptions. If you want things even more austere, you can also hide the left sidebar with a toggle button right beside the YouTube logo. The sidebar automatically disappears when the browser window gets too thin (though you can get it back by clicking the toggle). Read more...More about Redesign, Youtube, Playlists, Tech, and Apps...