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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4/24/2013 6:30:03 PM
You don't need touch to use Win8. I'm using Win8 on an existing non-touch laptop, hooked up to an non-touch monitor, and I'm having exactly zero problems. Don't believe/spread the FUD.
Also, I spend about as much time on the Start Screen as I did on the old Start menu: very little at all. It's just a menu. The real meat, on the desktop, is exactly the same or better. Better task manager and much better file transfers.
5/18/2013 1:13:09 PM
Talk about FUD.
You can't even tell if a program is not responding in the new Task Manager without expanding it. It has some nice new features for sure but the basic screen you access first is rather worthless now.
Just wait until MS figures out no Company is going to put this in house and their business sales drop like a rock in water and see how fast they change things back.
Face it win8 is a tablet OS and doesn’t belong on a productive desktop.
Just because you think Metro and Win8 is super cool doesn't make it so.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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