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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What I never understood...
by charlieg on Fri 31st Jan 2014 09:13 UTC
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Was why not emulate 'touch' with the mouse?

The first time I saw the metro start screen, I tried to 'swipe' it across with my mouse. Nothing happened. I thought, "What?" The scroll bar at the bottom is tiny, so it is quite cumbersome to use. Why didn't they just have the ability to swipe with the mouse? It seems like a simple solution to the hybrid problem.

I guess enabling that in Metro but disabling it on desktop is beyond the capability or imagination of the Windows development team.

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