Windows 8.1 (Blue) will indeed feature the return of the Start button in desktop mode, The Verge...

Windows 8.1 (Blue) will indeed feature the return of the Start button in desktop mode, The Verge reports, backing up a ZDNet report suggesting likewise. But it won't feature the return of the Start menu - the button will merely allow users to click their way to Win. 8's (oft-criticized) start screen. The Verge also backs up ZDNet in stating Microsoft (MSFT +4.1%) will provide an option to boot directly into desktop mode. (ValueAct: I, II)

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  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Start button but no W7 style traditional Menu....Amazing how difficult it is for MSFT to get W8 right. They have a groundbreaking new hybrid UI/OS in their hands, but they themselves just do not get it.


    The fundamental misunderstanding from MSFT's part is that Metro would be the new Start Menu. And they seem to continue pushing this misconception.


    Metro is a new 'independent' user interface to use W8 on touch/tablet mode. Additionally, it should only include/list apps that are relevant and optimized for Metro


    W8 Desktop is for using W8 in desktop/workstation/tr... laptop mode. For the latter one naturally uses the well-known and tested W7 Start Menu.


    Simple as that, or at least that's how I use my W8 Lenovo Twist hybrid ultrabook tablet.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    remember these are just rumors thus far, it's possible the rumor of the original start menu returning hasn't been leaked just yet.... lol


    Having used win 8 for a good amount of time now I don't see anything wrong with it... it does have a different level of learning required then win 7 but it isn't as awful as all the drama queens make it out to be.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • brianngaibh
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    Share the report by Tony Bradley of PC World about how he views the 14% pc sales down. I think he has the points.
    23 Apr 2013, 12:06 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    My problem with MSFT is that even though it was obvious the average consumer wanted the start button back they initially refused to do anything about it. Listen to your customers MSFT or they'll leave you and you'll never get them back.


    I love windows 8 so far, I'm LONG MSFT and I could care less about the start button but to me it's obvious that they bring it back and it should never go away. It's comfortable it ain't broke, and people like the comfort of it.
    23 Apr 2013, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    @wigit My point exactly. My above point is referring to alienating average consumers, controlling the discussion (by allowing the media easy openings about the difficulty of W8 since something familiar is gone etc etc).
    23 Apr 2013, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    i totally agree seppo2 my first comment was just to try and remind readers that at this point nothing official from MSFT has been announced so everything with a grain of salt at this point....


    and to be clear I wasn't trying to suggest saying you were apart of the drama queens group, those guys think win 8 is the end of msft as we know it... which is absurd or who say win 8 is impossible for people to use
    23 Apr 2013, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • Placebo Investment Advice
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    Wow! The return of the Start button to Windows! This is the most exciting thing in the tech world since Steve Jobs announced the dramatic decision to start producing white iPhones.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • RogerJenn
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    If the reports cited are true, the added ersatz Start button is the equivalent of the physical Windows button at the bottom (in landscape mode) of the Surface RT and Pro tablets.


    This isn't a big deal and isn't what users (at least me) were expecting.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    Even as a huge Windows 8 RT fan, I agree that the change was too much too soon.


    As per my IT colleagues, the return of the start button will be a hit if it does a few things:
    1. Quick access to programs.
    2. Quick access to Control Panel.
    3. Quick Access to Shutdown/Restart.


    But then again, who cares what form. The the decent FQ3, start button news, the ValueAct $2B investment, maybe Klein's departure...and voila, my long MSFT investment is well into double-digit profits, even without dividend payouts.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Atmit
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    I don't understand what the fuss is all about. There is a Windows 8 "Start Button" app that you can download, which works exactly like the Windows 7 Start button. I have a laptop with Win 8, and if I want, I can work in the "desktop" mode 100% of the time. With the start button app, there is practically no difference between working in Win 7, and working in the desktop mode of Win 8. Besides, Win 8 boots up faster than Win 7.
    22 Apr 2013, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    people need to complain to fill their time up... nothing better to do
    22 Apr 2013, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • outofhere
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    Actually I think S B& Co(management) should pay for the their stupidity. True MSFT makes tons of money but if you add back all the costs for putting out products that have to be re-made or re-tooled and released all the bad programmers we would have more money in the bank than Apple.
    22 Apr 2013, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • exportman1
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    It would seem that Microsoft doesn't have a clue what focus groups are all about. They never would have released Windows 8, as it is now, if they had had input from consumers.
    22 Apr 2013, 07:26 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Nice !!


    Best move they could have made. You would think a small detail like this would be trivial but this is literally a multi-billion dollar decision and consumers and technical users alike have been complaining about this nonstop.


    I never use the start menu anyway, just use the quick launch, so I bet they are turning the start button into a super quick launch button.
    22 Apr 2013, 08:36 PM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    Much ado about nothing, but if it shuts people up I guess it's what MS needed to do.
    22 Apr 2013, 09:37 PM Reply Like
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