“Metro UI Bypass” Boot To Desktop Function To Arrive with Windows 8.1

/ 7 years ago


Windows 8.1 may not be removing the (Metro) UI but it does plan to give users an option to get around it. It is reported that desktop users of the new Windows 8.1 OS will be able to boot straight into the desktop thus entirely avoiding the Metro user interface. This mode will be aptly named “boot to desktop” and lets you come straight into the traditional desktop.

This “boot to desktop” mode was reportedly added at the request of Microsoft partners because many of them say Windows 8 has really hurt sales because it doesn’t seem enough like a desktop OS.Traditional mouse and keyboard users aren’t really fond of the Windows 8 UI and particularly corporate customers who have skipped Windows 8 preferring to stick with Windows 7 until something better arrives. In fact many corporate customers using XP have now been reluctant to upgrade since the relative “failings” of Windows 8 in the corporate market.

It remains to be seen whether this mode will help the fortunes of Windows 8. Clearly the corporate market is resistant to significant changes and Microsoft might also have more success if they re-instated the Windows start menu and button, or at least gave the users the option to do so without having download external third party solutions.

What are your thoughts on a Metro UI Bypass? Does it solve the problem? Or is not a big enough compromise from Microsoft?



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