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: Win8 = Designed by idiots
4/24/2013 8:45:07 AM
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
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