Microsoft is planning to change the way its Start Screen operates with the release of Windows 8.1. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently testing builds of Windows 8.1, known as codename Windows Blue, that include an option to boot directly to the traditional desktop. We’re told that the option is disabled by default, allowing users to simply turn on the functionality should they want to avoid the “Metro” Start Screen at initial boot or login.
This is refreshing news. However, it seems as if the ‘Modern UI’ and hot corners will still be used, which is the main frustration for less proficient users. What Windows needs now is a quick app launcher which doesn’t take up the full screen and isn’t activated by an awkward gesture, and everyone’s happy again.