Launch of Windows 8.1

By Jun. 25, 2013 10:55 am, courtesy

Microsoft is addressing a number of customer gripes with the imminent launch of Windows 8.1. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the return of the Start Button to the desktop taskbar. There’s more in store, as an early look at the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview has revealed.

First, shutdown options have returned to the Start Button. They don’t appear under a sub menu when you click it (as in Windows 7, Vista, XP, etc.), however. Instead, you’ll need to right-click it to show the menu in Windows

The same action worked as part of Windows 8, but there’s no shutdown menu. While some users will be glad that restart and powering off are now back behind the button, it’s worth noting that it only saves you a single mouse click over using the charms menu.

If convenience is really the main motivation that users complained about the “more complicated” shutdown in Windows 8, they’d be better served by writing a one-line batch file and pinning it to the taskbar or just pressing the power button on their PC instead.

Microsoft is bringing back a more Windows 7 experience in other ways, too. You’ll also be able to disable corner navigation (or hot corners) in Windows 8.1. When you roll together changes like this with the previously spotted boot-to-desktop option, it certainly looks like Microsoft is working hard to make sure Windows users who aren’t ready to use the Start Screen have the tools they need to avoid it.

The screenshot above was snagged by .NET developer Robert McLaws, who recently got his hands on the Server 2012 R2 Preview. Microsoft has yet to release the Windows 8.1 Preview, but it’s safe to assume that the changes McLaws has shared so far will wind up in both. While there are obviously plenty of differences between Microsoft’s server and client operating systems, the UI isn’t one of them.

Thank you, TiA


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