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Microsoft Corp. has decided to return the Start button to Windows 8.1 “Blue” operating system, according to a new screenshot that was published on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it will not work as the good-old Start button from Windows 7, but users will be able to customize how it works and therefore improve their comfort with the Windows 8.

Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows has published screenshots from a leaked version of Windows 8 that depict Start button on the bottom left corner of the desktop. What is important is that when clicked onto, the Start button trigger the new Start screen when clicked, and not the legacy Start menu. Once the button is clicked, it will remain displayed on the desktop going forward; those, who use hardware Start button on keyboards, will get Windows 8 Start screen.

In Windows 8.1, users will be able to substitute the stock Start screen with the All Apps view, a set of tile-like icons for every installed program, but no live updating functionality. Users will also be able to arrange the icons by usage, allowing the most commonly used apps to be first. This view is the closest it is possible to get to the Windows 7 Start Menu, albeit it will be full-screen, not a list.

As expected, Windows 8.1 will allow to boot directly to desktop and skip the Windows 8 Start Screen. 

 

Microsoft Windows 8.1 will be delivered as a free and seamless update to Windows 8 and to Windows RT, which means that customers today who have Windows 8 or who plan to buy a new device will get all the advantages of Windows 8.1.

Microsoft will first demonstrate Windows 8.1 updates at Build conference June 26th in San Francisco. A public preview of Windows 8.1 will be available for anyone to download at that point.

Previously it was reported that Microsoft was to return Start menu and allow skip the Metro UI Start screen with the Windows 8.1 update. In addition, it is projected that the “Blue” updates will improve battery life on new-generations of microprocessors and will possible bring other performance advantages. While the full picture of Blue updates remains generally unfinished, the enhancements of Windows 8.1 over Windows 8 have already been published:

  • New split-screen App options.
  • Improved modern UI PC settings.
  • New tile sizes.
  • New search interface.
  • Enhanced SkyDrive.
  • Internet Explorer 11.
  • Swipe up from Start Screen to access list of apps.
  • More personalization options.
  • Picture frame mode.
  • New gestures.
  • New Apps: Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recorder, Movie Moments (video editing application).

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Blue, Windows RT

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i just dont understand why the user has to relearn UI in operating system and applications. once we learn the interface is it really necessary to reinvent the experience?

part of me still longs for word perfect 5.1!!!!
5 0 [Posted by: Stang Bang  | Date: 05/30/13 12:11:57 AM]
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Ok, try using Windows XP with a touchscreen.
2 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/30/13 11:58:48 AM]
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Just a point here... but while the start button itself has been returned...

There is no word on whether or not that also means a Start Menu.

So far the only screen shots have shown the Start Button and the Start Screen with the user background page.

Ergo: the user will still run into the same functional problems that already exist in Windows 8 right now. The start button on the desktop, and the boot-to-desktop option, fix nothing if the full-screen Start Screen is the only launcher available for use.

We also know that the new start button does disable many of the existing "Start Launchers" such as Start8 that modify the existing Operating System. We also know that the methods used to generate those third party launchers are being removed.

So... until we actually see a proper start menu... I wouldn't hold my breath that Windows 8.1 will actually become an OS people want to spend money on.
5 2 [Posted by: Zerias  | Date: 05/30/13 12:23:55 AM]
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There is no word on whether or not that also means a Start Menu.


"What is important is that when clicked onto, the Start button trigger the new Start screen when clicked, and not the legacy Start menu."

That seems like some words right there.
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3 1 [Posted by: Evil Overlord  | Date: 05/30/13 12:39:58 AM]
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I find it hilarious that the oft-criticized "Start Menu"--yes, where you have to click Start to "stop," and all the other Start Menu jokes--is now hailed as a UI gold standard, and furthermore, one that was used constantly.

It was never that great, nor was it used with THAT much frequency. Let it go.
1 2 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/30/13 12:01:59 PM]
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I downloaded a program called Start 8 a couple of weeks after I bought my new computer. It really helped me get used to the new computer and to Windows 8 without losing my mind. But now I have put everything I use most often everywhere on the computer... on the desktop, the start button, the windows tiles and my favorites list. Anywhere I am on the computer, I can get to where I want to be and hardly use the start button anymore. I just got this thing working the way I want it to and once I learned how to navigate around, I learned to love it. I don't plan to upgraded to Windows 8.1.
2 2 [Posted by: TinLV  | Date: 05/30/13 12:27:12 AM]
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can't they just leave you the option if you want a start button, or new start screen or any other thin in-between. we have modern technology and this is only the GUI part not a real big internal difference.
2 2 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 05/30/13 02:39:53 AM]
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I agree, perhaps they could have put this option in the gadgets? I mean, most people know you get a shutdown button when pressing CTRL-ALT-DELETE no? No?
2 2 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 05/30/13 06:14:58 AM]
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Microsoft haven't listened.

The requirement was to excise metro, such that nobody had to see it again. Popping up the damn thing with a button is not a fix, is a continuation of failure.

Will someone in MS top Balmer so they have a chance of surviving?
6 2 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 05/30/13 02:49:28 AM]
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Surviving? Looks to me that they do better and better.
2 2 [Posted by: Memristor  | Date: 05/30/13 07:35:16 AM]
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this is not an actual start menu, all this is doing is taking the mini start charm window that appears at the bottom right corner and putting it on the taskbar.

People want the actual start menu back and not some start screen menu that takes you into metro in which many people hate in the first place that are using a pc. Ballmer is as about as clueless as they come when it comes to listening to his customers. i'll give bill gates credit at least he was smart enough to listen to what the customers need and not what he thinks the customers want. Bill gates made windows easier to understand over the years and the start menu was one of the big reasons! Ballmer on the other hand wants to make computers more confusing to understand which is counterproductive to the whole Windows 8 making things easier nonsense with metro when it's doing the complete opposite.
7 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/30/13 07:31:27 AM]
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No restored Start Menu = Microsoft is lying though their teeth about listening to their customers. If the restored Start Button just takes a user back to Metro, Microsoft has pretty much just spit in the faces of their users and has indicated that it no longer has any real interest in remaining in business, because the outrage that will be engendered by such a move will make the anger triggered by the original Start Menu removal look trivial.

Potential customers are waiting to see if 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening or not. If not, then the current stall out in PC sales will be nothing compared to what's going to occur after a poke-you-in-the-eye-with-a-stick 8.1 is released.

Given what's coming down the pike with 8.1 and Xbox One, Steve Ballmer seems absolutely determined to kill Microsoft.
6 1 [Posted by: Asok Smith  | Date: 05/30/13 08:53:20 AM]
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I see a geek riot coming on... lock up your computers.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/30/13 04:38:02 PM]
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So actually they do not change their mind in question of Start Button. They only use new opportunity to marry desktop users with Modern UI. Gradually but forcefully.
4 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/30/13 12:45:19 PM]
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Bill and the boys can stick their "start" button where the Sun don't shine...
2 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/30/13 02:00:11 PM]
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Windows 8.1 returns a start button, which returns the user right back to Metro, and more bimodal madness! The entire Metro framework needs to be removed, as I do not want an app store taped on to the front end of my OS! Make Metro an optional install for desktop users or it's no sale for me!
Windows 7, is just fine, and will give me time to transition over to Linux! OEMs should realise, that an option for Linux, pre-installed, will become a selling point! Even Google is switching their cloud business over to Linux debian wheezy, from Google's previous proprietary Linux Distro! Google is going full Open source Linux! Google will probably offer its chromebooks with a full Linux distro in the future! My next laptop will be a Linux based laptop, and as for my current windows 7 laptops, it's dualboot with Linux, then give Microsoft the Boot, after win 7's end of life!
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/30/13 06:09:42 PM]
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We have a number of PC here one has Win 8 (Trial unit), 7 with XP and 6 with Win 7 and a couple with Linux. The office girl and the accounting is done on the XP units and they will migrate to the Linux systems when their replacements come. The Cad units will remain with Win 7 but as win 7 and Win 8 don't like the plotters which have Linux drivers and work happily networking via the Linux units Win 8 will be a total miss here. So our small business with just on 20 PC's will not be upgrading to Win * anytime. As the Ubuntu spaceman said Windows is no longer a threat as he said in his 1st bug report in the early 2000's.
The market is running away fast for M/S and it comes back to shortsighted management.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/30/13 09:40:54 PM]
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0 3 [Posted by: JeanieOwen11  | Date: 05/31/13 04:41:35 AM]
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So now is 8.1 instead of Service Pack 1 ?? Let's all start pretend that we give a f**k about this "start button"....
2 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 06/02/13 12:52:04 AM]
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Instead of letting MS' poor decisions bother you all, why don't you all give this page a visit? I'm loving Windows 8 since I installed this.

http://sourceforge.net/pr...ac1d1d91&source=accel
0 0 [Posted by: Justin Klingerman  | Date: 06/27/13 04:27:06 PM]
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