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[3]: Even if they do...
by Nelson on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 19:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Even if they do..."
Nelson
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No. It isn't so they say. That's exactly how it is, backed up by figures, charts, and thousand word posts.

You can argue WHY the customers provided feed back and argue that Microsoft's usage interpretation was wrong,but trying to say that the usage isn't legitimate feed back is wrong.

What's even more dubious is the claim that Microsoft is losing a statistically relevant amount of sales over a missing Start Menu. I really don't think Windows 7 would've lifted the PC market more than Windows 8 did, and in fact, without the Surface RT and Surface Pro running Windows 8, Microsoft's revenue would've seen a shortfall the size of the PC market's shortfall.

It didn't because they made up for OEM sales with pure hardware sales of a touch based tablet. In other words, Windows 8 helped save Microsoft from what would've been a disastrous quarter for them.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/04/20/microsoft-surface...

The Surface has made Microsoft $200 million dollars alone. The Pro alone contributed 4% of their revenue.

These arent $199 Nexus devices with razor thin margins, they're $1000 ultrabooks with touch screens. That Microsoft sells directly.

Now this might seem like a bit of an aside, but my point in all this is that Microsoft is starting to transition and cater to a new type of user with Windows 8.

Maybe traditional Desktop users wont' like it as much, but there's evidence that its an increasingly shrinking segment -- with ultra portables like the Surface set to see an explosion of growth in that sector.

If Microsoft can do something to grow Surface sales in a semi significant manner, they could start to seriously transition themselves into a Devices and Services company.

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