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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: Why the bashing?
By Belard on 4/17/2013 5:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like MS has some PR Staff here to down vote people.

What *I* said, while maybe an opinion, its valid... and is how Win8 is viewed by many. MS publicly said that "people were not using the Start Menu, so we made it bigger"

You are not me or most other people. The start button IS still there in win8, but some fracking retard decided that making a button a hidden 1x1 pixel makes life easier , hell why not make all buttons invisible 1 pixel thingies?

Besides, what you said about press windows and start typing... You do that in windows7 too. Duh.

It's very fracking stupid to take a start menu and make it into a whole fracking screen... That you have to use more energy to view and scroll. MS said nobody used the start menu... So make it into a whole screen that nobody wants it to use? That is retarded.

Most people cannot remember what they are looking for... They Need visual clues... So typing can useless for some people.

Desktop real estate? win8 wastes a lot of space. Metro tells you nothing. Time, battery, status... All you get is tiles. Unless your are in desktop mode.

Win8 is still a crappy design. The charms is stupid. All settings are in it on 8.1, so who knows what kind of mess that will be. It's a pain in the ass to get charms (what a stupid ass name) to pop up, sinces it's another STUPID hidden button... Or it pops up when you don't need it. Metro is ugly. The win8 desktop is ugly.

Windows 8 can be summed up in a single word, crap.

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