We’ve heard from one of our good sources that the Start button, as well as a new boot-straight-to-desktop option are included in the most recent internal “Milestone Preview” builds of Windows 8.1. What we haven’t heard is how this new Start button will work. While sources have emphasised that the Start button won’t work the way the current Windows Start button does — by opening up a Start menu — that’s about all we’ve heard.
Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows 8 for release later this year. It says the changes are designed to address complaints and confusion with the new operating system. Windows 8 is the most radical overhaul of Microsoft’s operating system since Windows 95 came out nearly two decades ago. It was revamped to embrace the types of touch-screen controls popular on smartphones and tablet computers, devices that are siphoning sales from the desktop and laptop PCs that have been Microsoft’s traditional stronghold. Windows 8 was released with much fanfare in October, but got a lukewarm reception from consumers. Part of the problem is that Windows 8 tries to be all things to all people. It’s designed to respond to touch-screen controls, but it also works with traditional mouse and keyboard commands. It offers a new layout that resembles tablet computers, but it also has a desktop mode that looks like previous versions of Windows. What results is confusion.
Microsoft is bringing back the Windows “start” button, offering a stripped-down version among a slew of improvements aimed at winning over tablet users and placating PC customers alienated by Windows 8. The world’s largest software company is looking to re-energize sales of its latest Windows version, which has not made the splash with computer users it was hoping for. Executives say the plan is now to update Windows periodically, rather than waiting three years or so between big releases. Although Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses since October, broadly in line with Windows 7 three years ago, the company must tackle a dwindling PC user base and its inability to make a mark in the exploding tablet market.
I am a long time Windows user and swear by the OS. By long time, I mean atleast a decade and a half. I love Windows and am at my productive best when I am using it. Having said that, I want you to know that I have not yet moved my PC and Lappy to Win 8 and do not intend to. And almost all my like minded friends are doing the same. Why is this happening? Let me tell you Continue reading