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Microsoft gets back to its desktop roots

The upcoming Windows 8.1 (code-named "Windows Blue") is rumored to be preparing to win back critics of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFTMetro user interface by reportedly allowing them to skip Metro and boot directly to desktop.

The new option was first spotted as a registry entry dubbed "CanSuppressStartScreen" in a leaked build.  That build lacked a UI element to enable the user to trivially disable Metro, but reportedly such an option will be added to the control panel.

Reportedly hot corner functionality for access to Charms or the (Metro) Start Screen will remain active, even if you set it to boot to desktop, so those on the fence can always still poke around in Metro when they get the urge.  By default, Windows 8.1 will reportedly boot to the Metro Start Screen unless a user tells it otherwise.

And ZDNet's chief Windows expert Mary Jo Foley says her sources indicate a Start Button may be making comeback to the desktop, contradicting previous rumors that it would stay dead:

Perhaps Microsoft is caving to the criticism?

Windows 7 Start Button
The start button may return in Windows 8.1.
Windows 8 has been a bit of letdown for Microsoft after the record-shattering success of Windows 7.  Fans blasted Microsoft from over-innovating saying it should have stuck with the same "old-fashioned" desktop model that had long drew it derision and mocking from Apple, Inc. (AAPL) users.

So far Microsoft's license shipments to OEMs have been decent, but Windows 8 has struggled in end-sales.  Worse, some customers are opting for a downgrade, much like they did with Windows Vista.  Microsoft has also struggled on the profit front with the new OS.

The struggles have triggered a leadership change, with the departure of Windows President Steven Sinofsky.  They also prompted Microsoft to switch to a shorter cycle of OS releases, similar to Apple.  The first result of that shift will be seen in Windows 8.1's release this fall.

Source: My Digital Life Forum

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RE: Mixed Feelings
By Motoman on 4/16/2013 6:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
You've heard lots of valid arguments. You just choose to ignore them.

We've heard your arguments, and demonstrated that they are lacking. You choose to ignore that.

You can continue to ignore whatever you want. The irrefutable fact of the matter is that Win8 is absolutely sinking the PC market - that's how bad it is.

If MS admits their mistake and puts a real desktop and Start button back, it will of course be a major first...MS, like all such companies, hates to admit they're wrong. But they'll instantly make Win8 a valid choice as an operating system for the vast majority of users out there who are either incapable or disinterested in finding and installing a 3rd party app like Start8 to fix the gaping head wound that MS shipped Win8 with.

RE: Mixed Feelings
By stevend on 4/17/2013 3:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
What arguments, so far the only one I've heard so far that deserves any listening to is that you don't get a choice.

I remember now why I didn't revert to XP after switching to Vista. The option to hit the start button, type a few letters and hit enter to start your program was the only thing that I really missed when trying to switch back to XP. After getting used to typing to get what I want in a few seconds going back to searching through the tree till I foud what I was looking for felt like trying to plow a concrete field.

RE: Mixed Feelings
By Da W on 4/17/2013 8:58:14 AM , Rating: 2
They made a mistake, it's getting corrected. What will trolls complain abut now?

The goal was to force people to use Windows Runtime (metro interface and apps) so it would be worthwhile for developper to storm the market with metro apps. In a way it worked, there are a lot of cool apps after only 6 months.

They should try to merge the start screen and the desktop though. I would see keeing the taskbar in metro (or make it like a dock), keeping the desktop background in metro and have multiple start screen pages to hide the apps you don't use enough on another page.That's what i used the start menu for: keeping things clean. Also run metro apps in windows desktop. You can do most of that with 3rd party apps, so it's doable.

RE: Mixed Feelings
By Motoman on 4/17/2013 10:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
They made a mistake, it's getting corrected. What will trolls complain abut now?

Trolls will always find something to complain about. For myself, I'll probably still chuckle about the sheer stupidity MS just demonstrated, but after a while will forget about it. The vast majority of people will too...Windows/PC sales will come back to normal and in all likelihood the Metrosexual UI will become the next Microsoft Bob. Just an oddball footnote in the history of software that ultimately flamed out and went away.

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