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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Default to desktop is not enough
by Odisej on Fri 31st Jan 2014 09:45 UTC
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Just got a computer with Windows 8 a month ago (the only option was with this OS installed). For my wife. Although I read a lot about the bad sides of the latest version there was nothing that could prepare me for the horrible experience I (and my wife) had with it.

I really tried to use it. But ... First, the default start button in the 8.1 update is a joke. So I installed the classic shell, did some other tweaks, played around with apps and programs ... It never felt like being "home". For my wife it was extremely annoying as it is totally different to what she is used to. The last annoyance was plugging in the scanner and then finding out how to use the damn thing. That was it. Windows 8 is gone and back to Windows 7. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is not only about Metro but about the whole experience. Going to desktop by default is just not going far enough. Windows 8 was not made for me.

I will not use newer Windows as long as they do not somehow make it with "classical" taste in mind. I think this goes for most of us middle aged users. For me, I don't have time to learn new tricks because I have a demanding job and a family. Touching is and for me will be reserved for tablets. With PCs my modus is using a mouse/touchpad and a keyboard. I am used to it that way and will be doing it until the end of days. Microsoft should stop trying to force me to change my habits.

Edited 2014-01-31 09:48 UTC

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