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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Same for me. I got a new machine for my wife, and unfortunately Win 8 was the only choice. Still a usability nightmare after months of using it, and the metro crap is just plain annoying. Did I mention that the flat design is just sooo ugly? The machine even has a touch screen, which makes it a little easier to use, but hey we have tablets for that kind of experience. I find it to be really difficult to be productive with Win 8. And no, 8.1 doesn't help that much. I still prefer Win 7 from a usability/productivity point of view.

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