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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RE: Not a smart move
4/24/2013 12:40:51 AM
What? Really OMG!!! I didn't know that when I was using it.
I am so face palmed.
RE: Not a smart move
4/24/2013 2:04:15 AM
Your post didn't seem to indicate it:
"Yes, LINUX is more user functional as a desktop computer than TIFKAM"
Because you know, if you use Windows 8 you are required to use metro and all...
Also is there a reason you use that abbreviation instead of just calling it metro? You're probably just confusing a lot of people who don't know what it stands for.
RE: Not a smart move
4/24/2013 8:53:37 AM
Well Microsoft said its not metro anymore over some fake BS reason... Somehow people would be confused with the generic metro name with a store?!
Well gee golly, without metro... How would I or anyone launch programs in win8?? Comes back to WHY bother with 8?
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