While Microsoft made a big deal about getting rid of the Start button in Windows 8, now it’s making a big deal of its return. Initial preview versions of Win 8 did have the Start button, but it was left out later on.

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Now Windows 8.1 will have that feature included, after popular demand regarding it and people using workarounds to add this function to their platforms. There’s even a new ad focusing on that exact feature, as shown below. The ad also addresses the improved customizability of the Start screen and the side by side Snap view, that allows you to run two apps at the same time.

Since the video is so short, merely 30 seconds, it’s clearly meant for TV. Microsoft doesn’t say that the Start button is back, it only says you can use the Start button to flip back and forth. With slim Windows 8 sales over the past year or so, Microsoft has high hopes for this release, especially when it comes to tablets. Will it deliver?

  • DeianStancu

    Water pistol. The “Start button” is not the old type button, but a mere shortcut to ModernUI menu, you can always press the Window button and go there aswell. It’s not the classic menu we’ll get back anyway, Windows 8 is not designed for desktops anyway. Microsoft hasn’t got a clue what’s the difference between tablets and classic desktops:
    -Windows 8 is a pain in the bu… for touchscreen devices smaller than 13.3″, and
    -Desktops work better with a very good existing operating system, which is Windows 7, why throw money for a useless OS?