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Iconic Windows UI element makes a comeback -- but perhaps not how some hoped

In many ways, Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) 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 Windows 8.1, Microsoft is looking to show it's listening to criticism from its fans -- halfway listening at least.  The Verge is reporting 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.

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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:]

The second report corroborates  ZDNet'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 Pokki.  As of January Pokki had 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.  (Pokki monetizes itself via a bundled third-party app store).

Microsoft sold 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.

Source: ZDNet

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RE: Start
By Captain Orgazmo on 4/22/2013 9:49:30 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe you should read those reviews, you abusive loser. Windows 8 is lame, I bought it and got rid of it after 3 months. It is useless for traditional mouse and keyboard desktops; NOTHING UI related in it is easier to use or better than Windows 7. At $40 it was useless, at the current price a complete ripoff. The OEM "Starter" edition bundled with new PCs is worse than even Vista Basic.

This is coming from a rare fan of Microsoft.

RE: Start
By Pirks on 4/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: Start
By inighthawki on 4/22/2013 11:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
The OEM "Starter" edition bundled with new PCs is worse than even Vista Basic.

WTF are you talking about? There are twoconsumer versions of the OS. Windows 8 and Windows 8 pro. The non-pro edition lacks some of the power user functionality like encryption, hyper-v and domain support. Otherwise they are the same. If you think that's is even close to as bad as Vista Basic then I have nothing to say, I'm utterly speechless.

RE: Start
By Piiman on 5/18/2013 12:47:11 PM , Rating: 1
I got it for 15.00 and it still wasn't worth it. Went back to Win 7 and haven't looked back. I'm very dissappointed that while they are bring back the start button its looks like its just another way to make you open that Metro Bull shit.

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