Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Apr 2013 13:43 UTC
Windows This is interesting. "Microsoft is planning to change the way its Start Screen operates with the release of Windows 8.1. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently testing builds of Windows 8.1, known as codename Windows Blue, that include an option to boot directly to the traditional desktop. We're told that the option is disabled by default, allowing users to simply turn on the functionality should they want to avoid the 'Metro' Start Screen at initial boot or login." This won't disable Metro; the hot corners, task switching, and everything else that makes up Metro is still there. All this does is load up the classic desktop as the first application upon boot. Update: The Start button might be returning too.
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RE: Good
by franksands on Tue 16th Apr 2013 14:38 UTC in reply to "Good"
franksands
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2009-08-18

I think windows 8.1 will be known as stuff that should be on win8 since day 1 ;-)

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RE[2]: Good
by mkools on Tue 16th Apr 2013 15:45 in reply to "RE: Good"
mkools Member since:
2005-10-11

I'm not getting my hopes up yet. I'll probably wait for Windows 8.2 or 8.3.

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RE[3]: Good
by TemporalBeing on Tue 16th Apr 2013 17:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
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2007-08-22

I'm not getting my hopes up yet. I'll probably wait for Windows 8.2 or 8.3.


It won't be write until at least 8.5, but most likely 8.10.

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RE[2]: Good
by Neolander on Tue 16th Apr 2013 17:44 in reply to "RE: Good"
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2010-03-08

My bet is that it'll be known as Windows 8 SP1.

As my father says, "when considering a Windows upgrade, wait for the first service pack at the very least".

Edited 2013-04-16 17:46 UTC

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RE[3]: Good
by Nelson on Tue 16th Apr 2013 17:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

They're not likely to use service pack naming conventions for this because its more than a service pack. Service packs have traditionally been mostly a collection of previously released hot fixes and OS updates.

Blue will bring concrete features, an update to the SDK and WinRT platform, and genuine changes to the OS.

It'll be akin to Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and probably be marketed accordingly. Known by those who care as Windows 8.1, but still overall marketed as Windows 8.

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