Bonfires were set ablaze in unison across the tallest peaks of the United Kingdom today as Windows blogger, Paul Thurrott, confirmed that Windows 8.1 “Blue” will feature the return of the Windows Start Button. The update, scheduled for release on June 26th, will also have an option to boot to the desktop, rather than the standard Windows 8 Start screen
The changes have been much requested, particularly by those responsible for managing large Windows installations. The current Windows 8 user interface is so radically different to previous version of the operating system that there are huge concerns about staff transferring skills from Windows 7.
It is expected that the Windows 8.1 Start button will act in the same way as the Windows hardware key, brining the user back to the Windows 8 Start screen rather than the traditional Start Menu. To reduce the jarring change between the two screens, however, it appears that the desktop wallpaper will now carry over to the Start screen.
Hopefully these changes will resolve some of the concerns administrators have with Windows 8 and give the operating system a much needed boost in both the consumer and business markets.
Source: Paul Thurrott