- Free • Open Source
Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows, and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.
The developer announced that Classic Shell will be no longer developed because Windows 10 is updated too frequently and because Microsoft is making more difficult to customize Windows: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147 Last version, 4.3.1, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website, together with the source code.
Classic Shell vs Classic Menu for Office opinions
Different areas of these products: either mswindows desktop menu, or msoffice ribbon-menu.
Classic Shell brings back the old-style Windows Start Menu. Classic Menu for Office brings back the Office 2003 style menubars to Office. They serve entirely different purposes.
- Free • Proprietary
Bring back the Classic Windows XP Start Menu to Windows 8 & 10. With one click you have access to all of your Start Menu entries. Plus direct access to the Control Panel, Administrator command line and Run dialog.
- Paid • Proprietary
Familiar menus and toolbars of Microsoft Office 2003 on the Ribbon of Microsoft Office. A powerful and easy-to-use add-in for showing the classic menus and toolbars of Microsoft Office 2003 on Ribbon of Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
- Free Personal • Proprietary
UBitMenu emulates / activates the Office 2003 menu in Word 2013, Excel 2013 and Powerpoint 2013 (also Word 2007 & 2010, Excel 2007 & 2010, Powerpoint 2007 & 2010).