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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Not as bad as some may think
by robertojdohnert on Mon 3rd Feb 2014 05:58 UTC
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I dont think Windows 8.1 is really THAT BAD. I dont think it was integrated well, people should have been allowed to either use the traditional desktop or opt for the touch interface. There have been several attempts at a touch interface mixing with the traditional input methods, this includes GNOME 3, KDE did it with the Plasma Netbook desktop which works well, heck I have a touch screen laptop and I use XFCE as my main interface and I even put together something that works really well. I understand Microsofts thinking behind Metro and the start screen UI, I just think it was implemented way too soon and thrust down peoples throats. Just because something doesnt work well in a particular scenario doesnt mean it was a horrible idea, it just wasnt implemented properly. I think this was a case where the industry of hardware manufacturers just didnt follow the lead of Microsoft and produce good touch screen devices and touch screen systems and the ones that did went with Android instead.

Roberto J. Dohnert
Lead Developer
Black Lab Linux

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