Microsoft has a habit of tweaking the user interface of Windows every time the company puts out a major new release. Windows 8 replaced the Start Menu with a full-screen version called the Start Screen. Windows 10 brought back the Start Menu, but with a brand new design.
That last option is a versatile tool that lets you tweak the Windows Start Menu, File Explorer, Internet Explorer, and more. But the developer behind Classic Shell announced this weekend that he’s discontinuing development of Classic Shell. The good news is that he’s made the source code available for anyone who wants to pick up where he left off.
It’s unclear at this point what kind of future the project will have. One of the key reasons the developer is dropping support is that every time Microsoft releases a major update to Windows 10 it “changes something that breaks Classic Shell,” and that new versions of Windows 10 come out about twice a year at this point.