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[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Fri 31st Jan 2014 18:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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I know you don't have to, but it's a pain, because everything now wants a live account, and if you want to use it without a live account, the button you need to press is in a different location at a different step in the setup process every time.

Install Windows 8, and it's at one part of the account setup process. Install the 8.1 update, and it's different text (which is even less clear on what it means) at a different spot of the install process.

Getting the 8.1 update without the live account is a pain, too.

I used to be cool with that - it was kinda nice being so linked up. There are a lot of conveniences.

Then my mother got her email account hacked, and I started thinking, what would happen if my account got hacked and the password changed? I wouldn't be able to use my computer. At the same time, Microsoft looks like it's moving more and more to having a Live account required for several tasks.


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