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Start Menu and App Sync won’t be available in Windows 10, says Microsoft

Start Menu and App Sync won’t be available in Windows 10, says Microsoft

by AshwinJuly 23, 2015

We are less than a week away from the launch of the final build of Windows 10, yet we are still coming across new bits and pieces of information about the OS, with each passing day.


A couple of days back, Microsoft officially announced that Cortana for Windows 10, will be coming soon to four new Countries: Japan, Australia, and (in English) for India and Canada.

Today, I came across a report from WinSuperSite, which mentions that a couple of rather useful features are being skipped in Windows 10. The features in question are the Start Menu and App Sync, which was previously present in Windows 8. If you haven’t heard of these featurse you won’t miss them obviously, or perhaps you may. Because the first one was quite good.

The feature allowed users with more than one Windows 8 device, to synchronize the settings for the Start Menu, such as the layout of the Start Menu on one device, to be reflected on all devices on which the Microsoft Account has been signed in. This allowed users to re0arrange tiles or set up the Start Menu according to their customization preference, and have it displayed on other devices, without manually rearranging them again.

It also had a nifty feature, which placed the Tiles of new Apps (from the Windows Store) to be displayed on the Start Screen of all devices with the same MSA. This tile could then be used to install the app on the device, without the need to open the Store and manually searching for the listing,

App Sync was also quite useful, and worked similarly to the Tile feature mentioned above. By navigating to the All Apps screen on other devices,  users could tap on a tile of an app, which was installed in another device with the same Microsoft account.

The Redmond company confirmed that these features have been depricated from Windows 10. This is what a Microsoft spokesperson told WinSuperSite:

“With Windows 8.1 and initial Windows 10 feedback we found that customers typically want to personalize the Start layout to match the device they are using. With the new Windows Store, scalability of universal Windows apps is fully supported across all of your devices. This means that customers can get their apps and settings available across all of their devices and still create custom Start tile layouts that make the most sense for each device and screen size.”

While App Sync, wasn’t a very popular feature, Microsoft’s decision to remove Start Menu Sync could spell trouble. But it actually isn’t that bad of a call. Not all devices are of the same size, with the digital world being dominated by the presence of smartphones, and tablets, using a screen layout on a large screen (like a monitor) would look clunky on aforementioned smaller screen devices.