Start Button returns in Windows 8.1 "Blue"

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  1. Foxi4
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    According to many reports across the web as well as the recently released screenshots, Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue" will mark the return of the long-lost Start Menu button. Users who want one will no longer be forced to download third-party software to re-implement it. Moreover, the system will give users the option to boot straight into desktop rather than the Metro menu. The system is said to be "all about customization", and the implemented changes reflect that, giving you a lot more control over how the GUI looks like. The system will be released as a free preview upgrade on the first day of Build.​
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  2. pokefloote

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    I could have sworn I read this a week or two ago in the USN... Good news though for Win8 users. :toot:
     
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    Really? How odd... the news sites I browse only reported it a few hours ago... In any case, yay for those who wanted it back. :yay: I'm more excited for the "boot to Desktop" feature, personally, it should've been an option available from the start.
     
  4. WiiUBricker

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    I think this is an update. The original news claimed the start button can only launch the metro menu while this news claims you can customize the start menu to your liking.
     
  5. Qtis

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    It was "leaked" a week or so ago by an anonymous dev leaking a picture of the dev version of Windows 8.1 IIRC. The more official version came out today :P
     
  6. porkiewpyne

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    There Microsoft. That wasn't so hard now was it? LOL

    Anyway, from what I read, it still redirects you to the Start Page. I fear that some people may start jumping the gun and think the old Start Menu itself is coming back.
     
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    Ah, alright then. I must've missed the rumour mill and just read the more "official" statement. :P

    It can do that or it can pull out a standard Start Menu. ;)

     
  8. Qtis

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    Actually what surprises me is how people cling so much to the start menu. I hopped to OS X in 2010 (ie. bought my MBP for home and Uni use compared to my old WinXP machine) and it lacks the start menu. While I can see the Metro UI as annoying for those who don't prefer that kind of UI, the start menu is far from the best option available. It's easily used and such, but personally I like the Dock interface of OS X.
     
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  9. Xuphor

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    I've used Windows 8 for a long time now, I personally like not having a start button. I've gotten use to pressing the Windows key to switch between the desktop and start screen, it's just a lot faster.

    I still like Windows 8 the best of all Windows, it just takes a good week or two to get used to, and another 3-4 days to customize it to your liking. Once it's all done though, it's so damn good. :yay:

    If that Start button is required for 8.1, I just won't update to it. If it's optional and you can disbable it, I'll be getting it for the other features that I'm looking forward to that no one is reporting.
     
  10. Engert

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    This is bullshit ! What is Microsoft thinking?
    I want no Start menu !
     
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    I heard somewhere that even though the Start button is back, it doesn't bring up the start menu. Clicking the Start Button will simply open Metro.

    Could be mistaken though.
     
  12. Engert

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    well that's a relief.
     
  13. YayMii

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    The Start button still launches the "Metro" Start screen, but Microsoft has made it more customizable.

    I personally think the option to make the Start screen's background match your wallpaper is going to make a noticeable difference on how it feels to use (it'll feel less like a completely separated menu and more seamless with the desktop mode). Also, some people are probably going to like the new tile resizing options.
     
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    That's a bummer, oh well.
     
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    Mind blown... :toot:. I guess to Microsoft "customization" means not forcing a tablet user interface down the throats of a desktop Windows user.
     
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    I hear the new Start Button is in the form of a tile and when you click on it, it takes you to more gay-looking tiles.
     
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    The correct term is "metro."
     
  18. Nathan Drake

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    I'm voting that this become their new advertising campaign.

    So controversial, people would outlaw it if they could

    Windows 8:
    It's not gay; it's Metro.
     
  19. soulx

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    I could get Windows 8.1 to take advantage of the Start Menu only in name and the "improved UI".

    Or I could continue using Windows 7.

    Yeah...I think I'll stick with Windows 7.
     
  20. YayMii

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    They actually stopped using the name "Metro"...the Windows 8 start screen is simply called the 'Start Screen', and Metro apps are called 'Windows 8 apps'.
    And it gets so much undeserved hate. Is it really that bad to have all your apps on one screen instead of scrolling through a menu list?