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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: Win8 = Designed by idiots
By Belard on 4/24/2013 12:42:25 AM , Rating: 2
Yet above you.

RE: Win8 = Designed by idiots
By Pirks on 4/24/2013 1:46:17 AM , Rating: 2
Sure your lies about no reviews of Windows 8 from major tech sites are above my truth and facts. Idiot.

RE: Win8 = Designed by idiots
By Belard on 4/24/2013 8:45:07 AM , Rating: 1
Anandtech didn't do one. Most of what you posted were media sites with 2-3 pages. I was wrong about toms, I said that Already pencil dick.

Most of them were not impressed with Metro for the reasons stated.

Underlining issue is MS goal to remove legacy x86 all together. It was never about making things better, but money per app sold. Same stupid greed like game companies that want $$$ from the used game market. They are STUPID... Thinking that killing 2nd. Hand games will generate more sales...

TIFKAM is already incompatible with windows, so why bother? Other than the weak PC game market (which I too am going PS4) , most end users DONT need windows OS and they sure don't need TIFKAM.

Want to wager than WinPC loses another 14%+ market share in 3-4 months

RE: Win8 = Designed by idiots
By Piiman on 5/18/2013 1:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hey Perks you seem to have a real Anger management problem.
Why don't you chillout and go play with your best friend, Win8, for a while? You'll feel better I promise.

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