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Windows Blue to have Start button, option to boot to desktop

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Apr 23, 2013 at 03:39pm IST

Mumbai: One of the most controversial changes Microsoft made to Windows in its latest iteration - Windows 8 - is the removal of the Start button and menu. According to The Verge, the company wants to bring it back with Windows 8.1, which is also known as Windows Blue. While the button will make its comeback, the Start menu itself will still be absent.

Hitting the start button will result in opening the Start page with your tiles. According to sources of The Verge, the new Start button is set to look a lot like the Windows flag used in the Charms bar.

The software giant also plans to add a new feature to Windows 8.1 - the ability to boot directly to the traditional desktop instead of the Start page. While this won't completely remove the Start page, it's still a boon for those who prefer to use their regular desktop instead of the touch-oriented Live Tiles. The charms and Start screen's hot corner functionality will remain intact.

Windows Blue to have Start button, option to boot to desktop

The company also plans to add a new feature to Windows 8.1 - the ability to boot directly to the traditional desktop instead of the Start page.

Microsoft is undoubtedly making these changes because of the criticisms it has faced for Windows 8. The company attempted to push a touch-based interface on to users who use keyboards and mice.

These criticisms have also seen the rise of software that let users bring back older Windows functionality, such as Pokki, which brings back the Start menu.

Back in March, some leaked screenshots gave us a look at Windows Blue. It showed that the company was addressing some of the problems that users faced with Windows 8. One criticism was that tiles could only be arranged in two sizes - small and large - which didn't exactly make the best use of larger screens. Now with Windows Blue, users have two more sizes to choose from.

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