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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Full blown tilling window manager, plz!
by Ishan333 on Fri 31st Jan 2014 09:26 UTC
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Where MS missed the mark for me is they could have designed an adaptive interface that could have worked for both casual and pro/enthusiasts use.
They just had to make Metro/ModernUI a full blown tilling window manager! Have a simple layout like ModernUI is now for casuals and something that doesn't waste screen space and mouse movements for the others, with multiple apps on screen.
I'd have been happy with that.
If they really want to get rid of the desktop they should stop their tie in with the Windows Store and artificial limitation on what API/Framework you can use (I've said it before but no JIT/VM in metro apps? really MS?).
Make it usable MS, plz.

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