According to the source, the updated Start menu will appear in the public version of Windows 10 much earlier than expected – this fall, in October or November. Although it was previously thought that the updated Start will be part of a major spring 2021 update (Windows 10 21H1).
The updated Start Menu has appeared today in Windows 10 Build 19042.421, presented in the Insider Beta channel (previously only available in the Developer Preview) for testing. Accordingly, in a few months, the new Start menu will appear in the public version of Windows 10.
As a reminder, the new Start menu has freshened up visually and has become more laconic. It has the ability to change the background color. In addition, new icons have appeared. It is reported that the Edge browser will be updated simultaneously with the Start menu, the tabs in which will open in the form of thumbnails.
Recently, Edge switched to the Chromium engine and began to work faster. And after the release of the large functional Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the browser has become even more economical with regard to RAM. Its use has decreased by up to 27%. True, Microsoft makes a clarification that “performance on individual devices depends on configuration and use”, but on the whole, everyone should feel Edge’s more economical attitude to memory.
Windows 10 OS and Microsoft Edge browser market share
Netmarketshare, a web analytics company, has recently published statistics on the prevalence of various Internet browsers and operating systems in the world as of May 2020. If in April the share of Windows 10 decreased from 57.34% to 56%, then in May it began to recover, reaching 57.83%.
With the recovery of Windows 10, the Linux platform has not stopped growing. It received a stake of 3.17% in May after 2.87% in April and 1.36% in March. MacOS positions remain almost unchanged – the share decreased from 9.75% to 9.68%. But Windows 7 continues to fall – now the OS accounts for 24% of the market after April 25.59% and March 26.3%.
Regarding browsers, Google browser continues to confidently dominate and enhance its superiority. Chrome already accounts for 69.81%, a new record after April’s 69.18%. Edge rose slightly from 7.76% to 7.86%, but Firefox’s share in third place fell from 7.25% to 7.23%.
As said above, Microsoft Edge browser has made a surprising move. Last year, the Redmond-based company decided to rebuild its browser based on Chromium, the same foundation as Google Chrome. Of course, this and other factors like Windows 10 popularity made Edge become the second-most popular desktop browser.
However, we should point out a few factors that helped Microsoft Edge in becoming more popular. A few years ago, it became available for iOS and Android devices. This attracted more users. And Microsoft has regularly optimized its browser-based on more users’ preferences. Even Google admitted it will learn from Edge for better tabs management.