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Microsoft brings back the Start button


Microsoft has confirmed it will be re-introducing the Start button to desktops. The Windows 8 operating system, which is currently the most recent software to be installed on Microsoft devices, does not currently feature the Start button which has been in place since Windows 95.

Many users have voiced their unhappiness at the operating system, and the lack of Start button has been one of the most controversial aspects.

In a blog post, the company said: “We’ve improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start ‘tip’ to be the familiar Windows logo.

“The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop.”

On the current version of Windows 8, the start tip only appears when a user hovers over the bottom left corner of the screen.

In the 8.1 update (pictured above), this area will be more visible. By left clicking on this area, the user will see the tile-based Start screen, known as the Metro interface, which is designed for touch screen users.

By right clicking the Start button, the user will see other options including Event Viewer, Device Manager and Disk Management.

Users will also be able to avoid using the Start screen, by heading directly for desktop mode once they have logged on.

Many users had complained that the lack of the traditional Start menu has made the system less easy to use, meaning businesses had to retrain staff if they used Windows 8.

A preview download of Windows 8.1 will be released to the public in June, and a final version will be available before the end of the year. Updates will be free of charge to existing users.

Technology analyst for the Davies Murphy Group, Chris Green said: “What they’re proposing to do is a bit of a fudge.

“It’s the bare minimum to say they’ve addressed people’s complaints while not having to really backtrack on anything.

“When new operating systems come along, same with major applications, everything moves around. People hate it because they have to re-learn from scratch.”

Other changes which will be included in the update include:

-   Additional customisation options. More choice of colours and backgrounds on the Start screen.

-   Improved search function that covers web content, apps, files and settings on the PC.

-   Launch of Internet Explorer 11.

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