Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 21:47 UTC

Paul Thurrot has a number of rumours up about Windows Phone 8.1. Two stand out to me.

Where GDR3 is widely expected to support 5- to 6-inch screens, 8.1 will supposedly support 7- to 10-inch screens as well. This obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it's not clear what the thinking is there.

So, Windows RT will become even more pointless than it already is.

Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn't make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the "back stack" is ill-understood by users: Most don't realize what they're doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

This I am not happy with. The back button is my main navigational input in both Android and Windows Phone, and I miss it dearly in iOS.

I'm just hoping on performance improvements, still my biggest issue with Windows Phone. I used my HTC 8X for a few hours today, and I was stunned by just how slow everything is compared to Android 4.3. Of course, application quality is another huge issue, but there's little Microsoft can do to convince developers that their Windows Phone applications are more than just side projects done between serious work on Android and iOS.

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RE[2]: Startmenu button
by darknexus on Thu 10th Oct 2013 00:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Startmenu button"
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Not true.

Yeah, you'll get your start button all right. What you won't get back is your start menu (not that this has any baring whatsoever on Windows Phon 8 which is what this article is about).

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RE[3]: Startmenu button
by Nelson on Thu 10th Oct 2013 00:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Startmenu button"
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Who cares about the start menu? If you do download one of many programs to bring it back and move on with your life.

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RE[4]: Startmenu button
by Fergy on Thu 10th Oct 2013 06:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Startmenu button"
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Who cares about the start menu?

The people who have used the OS with the startmenu since 1995. Now they get something they thought was Windows but it feels like something completely different.

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