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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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 16th Apr 2013 15:36 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

Cool. Now, when Windows starts, I'll have to hit an extra key before I launch my first program. Sweet!

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Nelson on Tue 16th Apr 2013 17:49 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

There's evidence the search charm is being revamped to include search results in the pane itself in a more robust manner. So in a sense, it'd be much like people who used Windows 7 are used to.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 16th Apr 2013 20:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I kinda like the charm bar, in that it makes it easy to find the search feature of apps.
It'd be more useful if it were usable in the desktop mode, but hot corners don't work well with focus-follows-mouse enabled.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by dnebdal on Wed 17th Apr 2013 11:41 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

Cool. Now, when Windows starts, I'll have to hit an extra key before I launch my first program. Sweet!

Why?
If you prefer to start in metro, that's still the default (like Win8).
If you prefer to start to the desktop (like Win7), that will apparently become an option.

I don't quite get what your complaint it.

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