Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE: hmm
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 31st Jan 2014 00:21 UTC in reply to "hmm"
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I was actually about to argue the "stability" part; after all, hasn't Microsoft finally got the stability under control with the NT line?

I *thought* they did, based on my previous latest experiences with the OS (later versions of XP, 7). But then I remembered my new laptop, which I honestly forgot about the Windows side, because I never use it: ever since the 8.1 update, I have to be careful how quickly I try to take control and try to use it after logging in, because the damn thing will become unresponsive. And before that, blame it on third-party drivers or whatever (I don't care... it's still Windows), but I had some pretty bad crashes that lead to some glorified blue screens saying that Windows can't boot.

So, yes... ironically in the end I still have to fully agree with you... as I type this in openSUSE on my new laptop. It's funny how some things just NEVER change. It's really just the same crusty old OS with a shiny new interface forced onto it and the same old issues that I thought were fixed in later XP service packs, re-broken in Vista, and then (I *thought*) fixed again in Windows 7.

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