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    September 30, 2013

    Microsoft welcomes back Start Button in new Windows 8.1 Ad

    One of the major bugbears of Windows 8 users everywhere was the disappearance of the Start Button on the screen – a fundamental part of Windows since Windows 95. Windows 8 instead relied on gestures or hot corners when using a mouse – while not that bad to use every day, it is not exactly the most intuitive method for people starting out with Windows 8.

    Luckily with Windows 8.1 (a free upgrade for Windows 8 users), Microsoft has brought back the on screen Start button. The great thing is that 8.1 updates so much more than just the Start button:

    • Internet Explorer 11
    • Bitlocker baked into Pro and Enterprise versions
    • More tiles can be fit into home screens
    • Easy hotspot creation
    • RT models get Outlook 2013
    • Proper multiscreen support

    Remember how Windows XP only became a proper operating system after Service Pack 2? Windows 8.1 is the polish that Windows 8 has been desperately needing. Windows 8.1 has already been released to manufacturers, but will be available as a free update for Windows 8 users on 17 October.


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    • Dreyer Smit

      That awkward moment when the person writing this article has no idea what he’s talking about.

      Microsoft brought back the Start Button!

      • No Dreyer. Windows 8 did not have the Start Button. Many 3rd party apps exist to enable a version of it (and some manufacturers actually built their own version for their hardware).

        8.1 is bringing it back (officially).

        • Dreyer Smit

          You can’t be serious? You said in the article Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu. I corrected you and said it was a Start Button. Now you’re saying I’m incorrect after you corrected the article.

          • Aha – yes, I was referring to the Start Button as shown in the video.

            I thought you meant W8 always had a Start Button.

            My mistake, thanks.

      • Where/when did they bring back the Start Button to W8 BTW?