While several rumors indicated that the Start menu might make its way to Windows 8 this summer in Microsoft's next major update to the OS, ZDNet.com reports that this addition has been postponed to 2015.
In early April, at its Build 2014 developer conference, Microsoft demonstrated a new Start menu and other features designed to bridge the gap between the classic Windows interface and the somewhat controversial Metro interface of Windows 8. This had several tech journalists speculating that a version of the Start button would be introduced with the next major Windows 8 update -- Windows 8.1 - Part 2 -- which is expected to be released this August.
The rumor continued to swirl until ZDNet explained that, according to its unnamed sources of Windows information, this type of menu will not make its way to Windows 8 until the next version of Windows, which is codenamed Threshold and due out in spring 2015.
This new operating system (Windows 9?) is expected to make its debut at the next edition of Microsoft's Build developer conference, which will take place in April 2015.