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  (Source: Microsoft)
Is this the start button you're looking for?

Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) "Release Preview" builds of the upcoming free Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 upgrades aired today.  Windows 8.1 represents Microsoft's bid to revive slumping personal computer sales and make up for the misses of Windows 8, which led some to pan the ambitious user interface redesign.

The changes in the Release Preview are pretty much along the lines of what was previously shown in media previews:
  • "Start Button", which switches you to the "Modern UI" Home Page
     
  • Color theme customizations
     
  • Large and Tiny Live Tiles
     
  • Batch Live Tile operations (move, etc.)
     
  • Improved knowledge-enabled global, unified search
     
  • Side-by-side resizable app panes
     
  • Improved Windows Store
     
  • Improved SkyDrive support
     
  • Camera UI and photo slideshow on lock screen


The first change is the most notable -- and probably the most controversial.

After initially saying that customers no longer were using the Start Button and thus it was gone for good, Microsoft took note of the noisy outcry surrounding this topic and changed its mind, allowing the Start Button to make a comeback in Windows 8.1.  

...well, sort of.  Instead of the traditional Start Button, which pops up a menu of apps (on the same screen) in Desktop Mode, the new "Start Button" yanks you out of Desktop Mode and drops you onto your "Modern UI" (aka "Metro") Home Page.

It's clear that this won't be the Start Button many Windows traditionalists were hoping for.  But it does allow faster transitions to the Modern UI, for better or worse.

Windows 8.1 Preview

Microsoft has a full guide on the other new features here, and a Faq on Windows 8.1 Preview here.  Microsoft warns that some systems with 32-bit Intel Corp. (INTC) Atom processors will need to update their drivers before running Windows 8.1.

To get the update itself, go to the Preview page, which will install the necessary updates, then take you to a download link in Windows Store for the main installer.

Microsoft's annual BUILD Conference for developers is kicking off today and runs through June 28.

Sources: Microsoft [download link], [YouTube], [Blog]



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RE: Right Click on Start
By Reclaimer77 on 6/27/2013 2:39:31 AM , Rating: 0
Mitch this entire post is apologist drivel. Why am I not surprised?

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Because why harp on something when you can change it for free in less than 20 seconds? Is this really worth getting so upset about?


So you really don't get it. Your answer to the massive unpopularity of a new feature or environment is that if you can change it sorta-kinda more to your liking, there's really no issue?

That's a great attitude. Hey car makers should just give you a few hamsters turning a wheel instead of an engine. If you don't like it, you can just change it! What's the big deal? Freaking brilliant...

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Its the same with IE I like Firefox better because of the add ons so I use Firefox I don't go on tyrannical rants how the end of days are coming because of Internet Explorer is not my favorite browser I change it to something I like and move on.


That isn't even CLOSE to being a good analogy. Windows 8 is analogous to a Firefox update completely removing the add ons, or making them totally aggravating and frustrating to utilize. For NO gain at all to you, the user.

A Firefox designed in the style of Windows 8 would remove the add-on menu, which can reside in a tab, and instead for no reason would open a gigantic full-screen "add on start menu" - completely monopolizing screen space. Oh and instead of the currently neatly organized and intuitive menu, the add ons would be arranged randomly with giant flat colored icons covering your screen. I use the word arranged loosely, because there would absolutely be no order at all!

Honestly if that's what you've been reduced to, being this much of a fanboi apologist, you've already lost. "Deal with it" is not a valid argument. People are bringing up points, if you cannot address these, you lose.


RE: Right Click on Start
By Mitch101 on 6/27/2013 8:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't bother to read your posts through anymore so you should keep them to one to two sentences. You provide nothing of value to this site ever. I have yet to read of you solving or offering anyting of value to its users other than to tell others how moronic they are when they have a difference of opinion than yours.


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