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[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by phoenix on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Forget "the least talented" users; most of our IT dept (granted, we're heavy Linux users) couldn't get to the friggin' login screen for 5-10 minutes! Ok, so this was with all the preview versions, which didn't include any of promised tutorial/first-run prompts. But when seasoned pros can't even get past the hidden "click-and-drag upwards in order to view the actual login screen" lockscreen, there's something wrong with the product.

And who puts a "lockscreen" on a desktop OS?

Only a single person (out of 14) in the IT dept has kept Windows 8 on their system, and they have it hacked up with a bunch of "give me the desktop experience; kill Metro" utils. The rest of us use XP or 7 when we need to access Windows.

Microsoft used to be really good at providing easy migration paths: Windows 95 included Program Manager; Windows 2000 borrowed the interface from Windows 98; Windows XP included Classic theme; Windows 7 allows you to turn off Aero.

Then, they throw Windows 8 at the masses, and completely remove or hide as much of the old system as possible. And they wonder why people aren't flocking to it in droves?

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