9 reasons to be excited about Windows 9

Microsoft is expected to begin showing off Windows 9's features later this month. Here are the expected changes you should be thrilled about.

Return of the Start menu

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Perhaps the most lamented feature of Windows 8 was Microsoft's callous removal of the Start menu.

The Start button kinda-sorta came back in the Windows 8.1 update -- but it just led you back to the dreaded Start screen with its sea of tiles and apps.

In Windows 9, Microsoft is rumored to be making a full reversal by bringing the Start menu all the way back to its rightful place on the bottom left of your screen.

But it looks like you still won't be able to escape the Start screen tiles. Leaked images of the new Start menu show a miniature version of the Start screen that pops up when you hit the Start button.

- Last updated September 02 2014 09:36 AM ET
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