on 17 January 17
Report from The Verge says that Microsoft is to make some changes with the release of Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue, after the international launch failure of Windows 8. A few days ago we could see that there was some code in existing leaked versions of Windows 8.1 that suggested that users could configure new OS to boot straight to the old desktop. It is reported that a new Start Button is coming to Windows 8.1.
The start button was killed off during development for Windows 8, for the developers claiming that the rise of pinning applications to the taskbar had made the little button redundantâthough it was replaced with a Hot Corner. However, it is indeed a controversial decision and there are a lot complains about the change from worldwide Windows 8 users. We can gain many evidence from the popularity of some Start Menu replacements, such as, Pokki, Classic Shell, and Stardock.
"While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market," says O'Donnell, IDC program VP for clients and displays.
According to the report, though most Windows users hope that they can click on the Start Button and then see the old menu, just like in Windows 7, it is not as expected. The button will act as a method to simply access to Start Screen, and it won't function like old button which brings start menu when clicked. The start button will simply replace the hot corner functionality. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar.
And then, some users may question: why not bring back the Start Menu if Microsoft is going to bring back the Start Button? Actually, developers form Microsoft think that the Windows 8 style Start Menu will offer users a faster, more convenient way to find favorite games and programs, especially in an era when everyone has become used to organizing application icons on touch screen devices. If Microsoft hasn't been ready to abandon its updated user interface yet, it wouldn't make much sense to offer the traditional Start button, for it may eliminate any reason for people to visit the updated Start screen. Also, it is said that the return of Start Menu is just what Microsoft needs to make Windows 8 more attractive to old-time Windows users and enterprises used to Windows 7 and Windows XP. Windows password is upon the password.
The information actually comes from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, and thus is not official. It is still hard to say whether we can really see the Windows 8 Start Button return in the Windows 8.1 Public Preview. Let's wait and see.
Limy Pierce has been writing on Windows 7 and Windows 8 operation skills these days. She has many security suggestions in her articles, say, how to choose a Windows 7 password recovery tool, Windows 8 password recovery and reviews on Windows 8 new features, etc, or some big news on Windows 7 and Windows 8.