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Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak suggests no Start menu

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Screenshots of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8.1 update have leaked onto the internet, but there’s no sign of the much rumoured return of the Start menu.

Windows 8.1 should receive Update 1 some time in the spring, and many have hoped that Microsoft would take greater steps to improve the much maligned operating system’s usability - particularly when it comes to interactions with a traditional keyboard and mouse setup.

That’s unlikely to happen with this next update, it seems.

Russian Windows leaker WZor has released a bunch of screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1, and there’s absolutely no sign of a new Start menu or any other major UI elements.

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According to ZDNet, Windows 8.1 Update 1’s main improvements will be under the hood. Its main role will be to further bridge the gap between Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

By bringing the respective programming interfaces closer together, the hope is that app developers will have less of a problem bringing their products to both of Microsoft’s main operating systems.

According to the leaker, Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to its hardware partners on January 15, with a public release following on April 1. That might well be April Fool’s Day, but it’s also a day before the next Microsoft Build Developer Conference.

MattMe

January 9, 2014, 11:09 am

I cannot seriously believe you are still making comments about usability issues of Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse. There are no issues. What are the issues - please, just give me one issue you have with using a keyboard and mouse in Windows 8.
If anything it's better than with touch, because of all the additional shortcuts.

The start menu is gone. It's not coming back. And we don't want it to.

aedwards

January 9, 2014, 1:17 pm

> What are the issues - please, just give me one issue you have with using a
> keyboard and mouse in Windows 8.

OK, two examples.

To shut a Windows 7 machine down: click Start, click Shutdown

To shut a Windows 8 machine down: move the mouse to the bottom-right (which you have to know about, there is no indication anything is there), click the Settings cog wheel (shutting down isn't a setting, FFS), click Power and choose Shutdown.

To start Firefox on Windows 7: click Start, click Firefox in the start menu

To start Firefox on Windows 8: Click the Start button, which throws you to the Metro start screen. Click the Down arrow to get the apps menu, find Firefox (hint: it's actually Mozilla Firefox, so is under 'M') and click it, which throws you back to the desktop.

pilotman327

January 9, 2014, 9:16 pm

Shutdown on Win8: alt+F4 on the desktop, select shutdown.
Open Firefox Win8: Oh look at that, already pinned to my taskbar.
What's the issue again?

Or, if you don't like it pinned there, press the windows key, just start typing "Firefox" it wil probably come up after a couple of keystrokes and just press enter on the keyboard... Didn't even have to move the mouse. Now was that so hard?

James Tibirius Kirk

January 10, 2014, 5:56 am

So the 1/2 touch 1/2 kb mouse OS experiment that is win 8 has failed. win 9 launch will coincide w/ win 95 20 yr anniversary and will make win 8 look like Fista.

the end.

Nettrick Nowan

January 12, 2014, 6:01 am

...and many users still clamor for Windows 7.

Microsoft has made many, many errors over the last few years and their stubborn refusal to make Windows 8/8.1 more palatable to users is slowing purchases.

On just about any Windows 8/8.1 forum board, there are usually discussions about running third party programs to make 8/8.i more user friendly/recognizable.

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