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Return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1, Boot to Desktop Feature to Come: Tech Now

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Written by Gina Smith

It’s the return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1, sources tell our Gina Smith. Happy? Let us know what you’d like to see in the upgrade of Windows 8. The Start Button is sorely missed, IT pros and customers report. Also on the docket is a boot to desktop option that will let Windows 8 users boot right into the familiar desktop they lost after the Windows 8 upgrade. Tech Now with Gina Smith, April 22 2013

aNewDomain.net — It’s the return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1, sources tell me. Microsoft, due to customer complaints and the success of utilities companies who are distributing freeware to bring back Windows 8 to a more familiar look, is bringing back the Start Button.


The Start Button is one of the most sorely missed items in the dramatically revamped and tiled Windows 8 interface.

Microsoft also, reportedly at its June developer conference, will be adding a “boot to desktop” feature. That’s the traditional desktop, not the tiled interface so many of our readers in the IT space say is posing such a steep learning curve for users.

What do you think? We’d love to know. For aNewDomain.net, this is Tech Now with Gina Smith for April 22, 2013.

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Gina Smith

Based in San Francisco, Gina Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist online, in print, radio and national TV. A former tech correspondent for ABC News, Gina founded aNewDomain with John C. Dvorak and Dr. Jerry Pournelle. Email Gina at gina@anewdomain.net and follow her @ginasmith888 and on Google+ through her page at +Gina Smith.

  • Tim

    A Start button that takes you to the start screen is not capitulating to consumer complaints, it’s ignoring them entirely. Nobody wants a stupid button that takes you to a screen you never want to see.