Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1, which it looks like the forthcoming Windows 8.1 update could boot to the traditional desktop by default, skipping the tiled interface that many have unwillingly become accustomed to. All according to The Verge, which cites sources familiar with Microsoft’s OS plans moving forward, the ‘Metro’ (or Modern) landing page will not greet upon booting, but can be reinstated within the settings if they require it.
Although, the software giant has originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the “Metro” interface at boot, but it now said that the upcoming Windows 8.1 update will purely enable this by default (officially).
Windows 8! Hit many users as a completely revamped, somewhat bamboozling user interface upon many desktop users, and those purchasing touch-based Windows 8 devices has some idea of what they were letting themselves in for, which many on PC nor Notebook wanted, needed of course, which that could make any sense of the new UI, which Microsoft used to call Metro.
Apart by dropping Windows 8, Microsoft expected to be more confident that users would take kindly to the new approach, but the new release wasn’t as destructive as the likes of Vista, it however left many reeling in confusion.
Here in the latest internal builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 have the boot-to-desktop option enabled by default, which is still in the development, and Microsoft could after this further beore it ships which it could currently change to appease desktop users.
While some critics argued Microsoft simply forced the Start Screen interface onto desktop PCs with little regard for keyboard and mouse users, the company pitched its “Metro” environment as the future of Windows.
Now, with the interface booting by default, developers had a big opportunity to place their apps front and center of millions of PCs and seemed to counteract the whole push for the universal, tile-focused UI, was drafted in, and now, the software maker looks to be going the whole hog in bringing the old desktop back.
Microsoft is also addressing other parts of feedback around Windows 8.1, especially concerns from businesses who are rapidly trying to move away from Windows XP ahead of the support cut off in April. As part of small improvements ahead of a larger changes in Windows 9, Microsoft is expected to allow “Metro” apps to run in seperate windows on the traditional desktop.
“Tiles are pretty and intuitive on a Surface Pro or a Lumia 1020, but when you’re sitting at home on an old Compaq hooked up to a Dell display, the Windows 7-esque approach is going to win every time.”
Although, the Windows 8.1 Update 1 is expected to debut in March 2014, ahead of potential Windows 9 details at the Build Developers Conference in April this year.