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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I was surprised when I got a fairly cheap HP laptop with Windows 8 and liked the metro interface. Granted I only liked it after I figured out I could use keyboard shortcuts to get around easily. I tend to use the metro screen as kind of like the widgets screen on a Mac. I just switch using keyboard commands. I may be one of only a few doing that though hehe. I work as a Linux sysadmin as well so I may be more apt to use keyboard commands.

I'll second that. I use Windows 8 every day at work and I have never had a problem. I'd rather use Linux for my main work desktop (there are a few issues which make that a non-starter).

I find Metro very useable. Perhaps because the keyboard controls work well - or perhaps because I've used a lot of different desktops in the past, and I am able to pickup new paradigms easily (but then I would have expected that to be the same for most OSNews readers). I could understand Metro being a problem for the sort of person who has only ever used Windows.

Edited 2014-02-01 14:52 UTC

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