Stardock has presented Start11, an application dedicated to the Windows start menu that allows you to go back to previous versions of this component and customize it to suit the consumer.
The start menu has been one of the most questioned Windows components of the last decade. Someone at Microsoft had the bad idea of trashing the Windows 7 menu, perfectly solved. He first removed it in Windows 8 and then forced a touchscreen-focused interface that was just terrible on the desktop. The criticism was furious and the Redmond boys set about renovating it.
It was improved a lot in Windows 8.1 and much more in Windows 10. However, sections such as “live mosaics” did not finish to curdle. logical considering that they were designed with Windows Mobile smartphones in mind and not a desktop system. Finally, the Windows 11 start menu (taking advantage of Windows 10X development work) has removed them at the same time as it has been improved in visual terms and integration with the interface general system that, as you know, has also been renewed under the Fluent Design language and with new icons.
Stardock Start11 is the new version of one of the best third-party tools of the many that have flourished to customize this component. “This first beta version is designed to recover some of the lost functionality in the current Windows 11 start menu”explains the CEO of Stardock. “We have many new features planned to make the Start menu not only more accessible, but also more useful for businesses and power users.”, he assures.
The first version (still in beta) is compatible with Windows 11 and Windows 10. It allows you to move the Start button to the left or the middle of the interface, makes subtle Windows features visible and provides a new user interface for configuration , allowing extensive customization.
“The new user interface has been designed to support future start menu layouts”they explain. “If Start8 and Start10 focused on restoring older versions of the Start menu, Start11 will expand this to support a host of new menu ideas, such as the concept of pages, tabs, minimalism, and features for our business customers.”.
Stardock Start11 is available (in beta) on the provider’s web portal and has a one-time payment price of $ 4.99. There are also upgrade options for older version clients. Worth? The truth is that it has been one of the best developments of its kind and if versions continue to be published, there are users who are still looking for them. For our taste, the menu created for Windows 11 conforms much more than the previous ones to what the user can expect.