The Start button definitely returns in Windows 8.1

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The Start button definitely returns in Windows 8.1

Windows 8 has been met with what can only be called mixed feelings. While the new operating system is a no-brainer for pure touch devices, on desktop machines it's been less-than-successful. However, in the new Windows 8.1 update, one of the most missed aspects of previous releases is coming back.

The Start Button will be included, and by default turned on, in Windows 8.1.

As reported by and ZDNet, the button's back, but it does behave very differently. It sits in the same spot, but clicking on it will not bring up the old (or current, if you still using Windows 7 or earlier) Start menu. Instead, it will open the current Start Screen.

Other changes include the ability to boot straight into the desktop, and the ability to share wallpapers between both the desktop UI, and the Start (or Metro) background, for a more homogenised experience between the two screens.

Windows 8.1 will be available for a public preview on June 26. 

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