‘Start’ Button Returning to Windows 8 in Major Update

on May 31, 2013

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) is addressing some of the biggest challenges posed to users by the latest version of its flagship product -Windows 8 – in an update scheduled for release later this year. The world’s largest software maker revealed on Thursday, May 30, features that would be included in the updated version. Among them is the good old “Start” button whose absence has alienated PC users of Windows 8.

**Touching design**
In attempt to strengthen its position in the mobile market, Microsoft offered Windows 8 with changes designed to make the operating system more intuitive for users of mobile devices such as tablets. It certainly was a bold move but it has failed to pay off. Consumers have felt confused by the new design, which employed a tile-styled interface and lacked the traditional Start button and menu. A large portion of these complaints will now be resolved by a major update for the system scheduled for release later this year.

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Prevously known by its codename “Blue”, Windows 8.1 will restore the Start button, which will be visible when a user touches the bottom left corner of the screen or hovers a mouse over it. The latest changes to Windows represent a move forward rather than a retrenchment, Antoine Leblond, vice president of
Windows program management, has said.
“This is anything but a U-turn,” Bloomberg quoted Leblond as saying in an interview. “There’s no question that our view is this modern world is the future, and we want more apps developed on this part of the platform.”

**New Features**
Other changes provide more flexibility to the tiled layout (which in the new update users can skip entirely by setting their machines to run the previous desktop design instead), with the tiles coming in new, automatically-updated sizes based on the number of applications on the screen. The new version of the software will also feature a new lock screen which will allow users to answer Skype calls without unlocking their machines.

Windows 8.1 will also introduce new search tools that return a wider variety of types of results, allowing users to search for documents, apps, or items on the Internet from a single search bar.
**App Deficit**
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Though the changes will probably convince some people to give another chance to Windows 8, they can’t resolve the biggest problem Windows 8 currently has – the low number of apps available for the system. While this isn’t much of a problem on a PC, the variety of applications is vital for tablet users. Currently there are more than 350,000 applications available for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad, whereas only about 79,000 apps can be found in the Windows store, according to website MetroStore Scanner.
**The Microsoft share price was $35.23 as of 16.16 GMT, 31.05.2013**


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