Report: Start Button Returns in Windows 8.1 ... But it Dumps You in Metro
April 22, 2013 9:27 AM
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Iconic Windows UI element makes a comeback -- but perhaps not how some hoped
In many ways, Microsoft Corp.'s (
) new Start Screen -- originally codenamed Metro -- represents the old-fashioned start menu on steroids. There's both good and bad to this; on the one hand it allows for rich animations, powerful sorting, and better support for touch. On the other hand, many app developers
make poor use of its extra space
and many users feel it's uncomfortable and bloated on a traditional PC.
As it marches towards
, Microsoft is looking to show it's listening to
criticism from its fans
-- halfway listening at least.
that its sources are saying that the beloved Start Button will make a comeback in the upcoming release.
But this isn't your daddy's start button -- it will dump you right back into the Start Screen (Metro UI)
similar to the Charm
A new Start Button is reportedly being added to Windows 8.1, but it doesn't work like the start button of yore. [Image Source: WindowsForum.eu]
The second report corroborates
's chief Windows expert Mary Jo Foley, who last week said her sources were
buzzing over a Start Button comeback
, contradicting previous rumors
that it would stay dead
For those looking to stay on the desktop and navigate a more traditional start menu, you can always grab a third-party app like
. As of January
already recorded 1.5 million downloads
and was used on average 10 times a day by customers, despite Microsoft's insistence that its own internal research showed
customers were no longer using the Start Button
monetizes itself via a bundled third-party app store).
60 million Windows licenses
as of January, but a significant portion of those are though not yet to have made their way to end users. Regardless of the actual number of live Windows 8 users, it's clear a relatively large minority have opted to restore the Start Button via third party workarounds.
Windows 8.1 will also reportedly have the option to boot directly to desktop via a setting. The new operating system is expected to launch sometime in the next few months.
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4/22/2013 6:47:45 PM
I find this hard to say but I have to agree with Pirks. If you monitor your desktop usage you'll noticed that you use shortcuts for many of your daily tasks. The start menu is really for those one off things that isn't pinned to your taskbar or desktop.
At 1600x900, small icons, you have have almost 50 icons on the taskbar. Desktop is even larger. Then if you need more you can choose to increase the taskbar by 2 rows instead of one. If lacking real estate is the issue then you jump to Virtual desktops.
And if you want to get organize there are 3rd party utils available that can help. I like Stardocks' Fences. Double click and it hides your group.
I use the start menu for those one off things and when I'm lazy I select windows update instead of typing it. That's pretty much about it. Advance users make use of virtual desktops and a robust file manager that never closes. Consider them.
4/24/2013 8:56:37 AM
And yet metro doesn't fix anything.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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