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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by protomank on Fri 31st Jan 2014 01:00 UTC in reply to "I "
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I tend to disagree. I've worked in a project inside HP that did used touchscreen, and one request from start was that the user must be able to use the same gestures from touch with mouse, so the user was able to click and hold mouse button in the background and move the background (think on Android multiple screens) moving the mouse.
Now just try doing that on Metro. Didn't work, right? You need to use the scrollbar on button of the screen. This is so failed I can't express very well...

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by gregthecanuck on Fri 31st Jan 2014 06:26 in reply to "RE: I "
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Actually the mousewheel will do the horizontal scrolling for you as well.

Somehow my 80-year old father is navigating 8.1 just fine with a mouse. Go figure. He was recently updated from Windows XP.

Maybe my dad should give some of you lessons on how to navigate without touch.

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by r_a_trip on Fri 31st Jan 2014 15:00 in reply to "RE[2]: I "
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Some users are not expecting much from their machines and they simply adapt to what is given to them, even if it is a regression from the previous incarnation.

There is also a category of users who measure the new stuff against the old stuff and don't take kindly to something that is not an improvement over the old stuff.

Metro does what it needs to do. It launches and switches between programs. The only problem Metro has, is that it wasn't the first interface on the block. To exacerbate things, the old stuff is fully mature and highly tuned to mouse+keyboard input. So Metro comes off as inferior to the previous desktop interface.

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