Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 12:10 UTC
Windows The Verge confirms an earlier story by Mary Jo Foley. "Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar."
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RE: Missing the point
by MOS6510 on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 15:57 UTC in reply to "Missing the point"
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You can hide apps on the Start screen, but the problem that while this is your choice you don't have this choice regarding the classic desktop where everything is hidden (because of the missing Start menu button).

If I want Excel on the classic desktop, as it is a classic desktop app, I need to start it from Metro, then I'm taken to the classic desktop where I can pin it to the task bar and use that next time as a launcher.

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