Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) confirmed that the “Start button” will return to the updated version of the Windows 8 operating system (Windows 8.1 Blue) in response to customer feedbacks.
Early this month, the company admitted that it was making changes with the Windows 8 operating system because of the complaints raised by customers.
In a blog posted by Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president, Windows Program Management at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) wrote that the company designed the Windows 8 operating system in accordance with the evolving mobile computing where an increasing number of people interact with their devices through touch.
However, Leblond said the software giant also recognized the fact that many people are still using non-touch devices particularly in the commercial setting. For this reason, the company decided to improve and returned the start button to ensure that people using the mouse and keyboard will be able to use their devices easily.
Microsoft Changed The Start Button In Windows 8.1 Blue:
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) changed the Start button in Windows 8.1 Blue with the familiar Windows logo and it will appear anytime when a user moves the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and will always be visible in the taskbar when on the desktop mode.
“There are also options to change what the corners do, and options to boot into alternate screens. For example, if you prefer to see the Apps view versus all the tiles, you can choose to have the Start screen go directly to Apps view,” explained Leblond.
Microsoft Added More improvements To The Windows 8.1 Blue:
Aside from the Start button, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) added more improvements to the Windows 8.1 Blue such as allowing users to skip the Windows 8 start screen and directly boot their computers into the desktop mode.
With Windows 8.1, users will be able to personalize their devices and turn their PC or tablet into a picture frame by making their lock screen a slide show of their pictures. They can use their photos saved on their computers or from the cloud SkyDrive. Users will now be able to take pictures with the built-in camera without the need to login.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also provides more customization options with more choice of colors and backgrounds on the start screen, enhanced search function with global search results powered by Bing. The company also released a new version of the web browser, Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for a better touch performance and faster page load.