Ortep schrijft dat er bij WinInformant wat info te vinden is over het nieuwe Start Menu dat Microsoft zal implementeren in Windows Whistler. Het bekende menuutje zal namelijk worden vervangen door een "Start Panel" en een "Start Page" waarvan je hieronder een pic kan zien:
The Start Panel, which will be configurable from the Start and Taskbar Properties dialog in Whistler, is hidden in the Whistler Preview that was given to testers last week, but it can be easily enabled and used in place of the standard Start menu if desired.
The Start Page, meanwhile, is an advanced Active Desktop that resembles early design ideas for Neptune, the aborted consumer Windows project that was merged into Whistler late last year. It consolidates often-accessed programs, documents, and other files into an attractive desktop backdrop.
In the Whistler Preview, the hidden Start Panel is approximately twice as wide as the Start menu and features two columns of options with "Log Off" and "Turn off computer" choices at the top. The first column features large icons for Internet Explorer and the configured email application, followed by a list of the most recently accessed applications. A "More Programs" option opens a standard Start menu. In the second column, called "My Places," Microsoft has created links for common system locations and utilities. The first section includes My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music, while the second one contains My Computer, My Network Places, and Network and Dial-up Connections. At the bottom of the second column are Control Panel, Help + Support, Search, and Run. The Active Desktop Start Page includes similar options, with prominent buttons for the Internet, Email, and Search. A toolbar along the bottom provides options for logging off, turning off the computer, and frequently-accessed locations on the system.