Microsoft revives 'start' button in new Windows update

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 31, 2013

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Microsoft Corp is bringing back the Windows “start” button, among a slew of improvements aimed at winning over tablet users and placating PC customers alienated by Windows 8, reported Reuters.

The world’s largest software company is looking to re-energize sales of its latest Windows version, which has not had much uptake that it expected. Microsoft says it plans to update Windows frequently rather than releasing a new software every three years.

Although Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses since October, broadly in line with Windows 7 three years ago, the company must tackle a dwindling PC user base and its inability to make a mark in the exploding tablet market, the report said.

Windows 8 was designed to be used both on touch-screen tablets and traditional PCs. But while touch-screen users tend to like the new “tile”-based interface, many mouse and keyboard users complained that the new design was confusing, it said.

Confirming speculation, Microsoft said the Windows 8.1 update will have a button in the bottom left corner of the screen that acts like the “start” button in previous versions of Windows. Although it will not be labelled “start”, it features the Windows logo and takes the user straight to a grid of applications.

Microsoft is only making features of the new software public on Thursday. Windows 8.1, previously known by the code name “Blue”, will be available for free to all Windows 8 users some time later this year. Microsoft will make a test version available at its annual developer conference on June 26, it was reported.