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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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So... Windows 8 is still butt ugly
By Belard on 4/17/2013 10:25:34 AM , Rating: 2
There are other problems to windows 8, besides just those two things.

Even in desktop mode, IT IS BUTT UGLY!!
Win8 preview looked slick... But the release version is nothing more than windows7 basic.

I'm not going to spend $150 to upgrade my win7 to 8.1, I doubt MS has the intelligence to fix windows 8. Besides, metro will still be running in the background... Sucking up resources, certain operations will cause metro to pop it's ugly head out. Charms is still stupid.

Want to fix windows8? Go download LinuxMint for free. Get the Mate 64 bit version. Installs in 10mins. I'm already using Linux because of win8.

LOL, MS has double the decline of windows pc sales because of this stupidy. They designed win8 targeting mobile users, not people who actually use computers. If MS keeps losing 14% every qtr and it takes another 3 before win8.1 comes out, that could be about 56% drop in PC sales in a year. Dell and HP may not survive that.

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