- Jensen Harris, director of the Windows User Experience Team"One of the things we realised right after we shipped Windows 8, was that the start tip was the only place in our entire ecosystem in which we had something that takes you back to the Start Screen that didn't look like a Windows logo,"
Microsoft brings back the Start button in Windows 8.1.
- Jensen Harris, director of the Windows User Experience Team
unless there has been a revision on the announcement, there should be no confusion about the function of this button. microsoft will not be adding the start menu to 8.1 but simply adding a button that will take the user back to the start screen (metro interface)...which is already toggled by the windows key.
Like we need more fucking buttons. Metro works for touchscreen devices such as tablets and phones, but it fails for traditional computing. I did read a report where they said that they realize that the corporate world has different needs--Metro isn't one of them.
this isnt talk about adding more buttons to the desktop but just making changes to retain the amount they had before. 8.1 will apparently have the option to boot to desktop and, as far as i have seen, 8 functions satisfactorily as a desktop os, even bringing native functions that were performed by third party programs previously, ie virtual mounting of ISO files. the search funtion is much improved and shutdown/boot times have improved. hell, i would venture that metro is more functional than the unity desktop...andalaugh:
All I was stating was that Microsoft didn't really think about the UI well enough. Guys like me, with an Eyefinity 2x3 setup, don't have touchscreens. The whole notion of swiping at the screen breaks when your screen isn't touchscreen.
They should have run with putting that interface on their mobile platforms, and something entirely different, or more appropriate for the desktops.