Report: Windows Blue to Revive Start Button

Two of the biggest complaint users (us included) have about Windows 8 are the loss of the Start button and the inability to boot to the traditional Desktop screen, both of which Microsoft has steadfastly denied are problems. But it looks like the folks at Redmond may have finally gotten the hint. New reports are indicating that Microsoft will bring both features back to the OS with its upcoming Windows Blue update for Windows 8.

According to Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet, Microsoft is considering an option to skip Windows 8’s Modern UI interface upon startup, instead allowing users to boot the the Desktop screen. Foley says the company is also considering bringing back the Start button. As Foley indicates, both reports are just rumors. But the chatter across the tech landscape points to at least the boot to Desktop option as the more likely of the two to come true.

The PC market has suffered massive setbacks in recent months, with many in the industry pointing to Windows 8 as the main culprit. Earlier this month analyst firm IDC said the PC market had suffered its largest sales drop in history. The result of the drop, according to IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays Bob O’Donnell, was Windows 8.

MORE: 5 Windows 8 Apps to Bring Back the Start Button

“While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices.”

Still, the question remains, will adding the Start button and allowing users to boot to Desktop really save Windows 8?

via: ZDNet

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. Boopoo Says:

    I don’t need a touch screen on a computer; that’s for a tablet, they’re two separate animals.

    Microsoft has been incompetent for decades. It’s good they’ve lost their monopoly on computers and the technological equivalent. The truth is they’ve been holding back technology for a very long time.

    I also believe that all of us who ever had to deal with Vista deserve a cheque.


    Bring back the Start button, Microsoft. How silly that you’d eliminate the navigational gem that the Start button really is. Enhance it for touch, let it boot to the Desktop and – badabing badaboom – and you’ll have a great product, again. And this is without question, period. You need to do this because it eliminates confusion, period.

    Show some guts to make a course correction. Do it, Microsoft. Quit trying to be Apple; you are Microsoft, act like Microsoft…before it is too late.

  3. SPeppers Says:

    Speaking of needed Win8 updates, has anyone else reading this story/site struggled with stuttering audio and jumpy mouse movement/lags when CPU load spikes under Windows 8?? I’ve read loads of forum posts about this and I’d LOVE some tech news blogs to pick up this story and pressure Microsoft into fixing this problem!!! I had no problems under Win7 and my laptop is a Core i5-540m with 8GB DDR3 RAM and an SSD, so there is no shortage of grunt causing the problem.

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