No Start Button In Windows 8.1 (Build 9369)

/ 5 years ago


Microsoft’s Windows OS has been in the news a lot recently, in fact if you’ve missed out on some of the hottest developments then you can check those below:

That said more developments have now emerged with regards to Windows 8.1, or Windows Blue as some may still know it by. The latest build, 9369, which was literally leaked only today shows that Microsoft will indeed be pursuing the no start button route. This is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time. Surprising because Microsoft was forced to seriously rethink its start button implementation after intense criticism of Windows 8 which mainly focused around the removal of the start buttom. This resulted in a lot of industry speculation that Microsoft was actually rethinking the start button and potentially planning to reinstate it. While it is also unsurprising because the removal of the start button represents Microsoft’s attempt to move the Windows OS forward with a new look, in a classic case of “out with the old and in with the new”.

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Microsoft did not choose to comment on this latest development so we still don’t know if the start button will make an official return for the public beta or RTM version, or just be neglected altogether. Since the launch of Windows 8.1 is coming ever closer and we still see no signs of a start button return, it would seem safe to assume that it won’t be coming back any time soon.

What are your thoughts on the latest Windows 8.1 build having no start button? Is that likely to reflect in the final release of Windows 8.1?



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5 Responses to “No Start Button In Windows 8.1 (Build 9369)”
  1. Jordan Buck says:

    Yep, it probably does reflect the final release as Microsoft seem to always release an amazing OS followed by a terrible OS, god knows why they keep doing it but they do, I mean: xp – brilliant, vista – terrible, windows 7 – brilliant, windows 8 – terrible.

    I don’t know why they don’t just listen to their customer base and make changes based upon their feedback.
    Ah well will have to wait and see if there are any improvements.

  2. d6bmg says:

    Yes, it should be a big deal to many people, including me. Desktop users need a start button or anything equivalent for easy negotiations.

  3. David Beale says:

    Don’t miss the start button, takes very little time to adapt to the life without it. I do hope they improve the compatibility of Win8 with older programs, so many have issues operating in a Win8 environment. Having said that, I’d like to see Google Chrome come up with a completely Win8 version (currently it works fine on a WIn8 system but in desktop mode only). Also their dual boot graphics version leaves a little to be desired if your alternative is Win7 or older. But with just a little tweaking you can get your system to boot to the old legacy boot menu. AND what’s with MS and IE’s not being the default browser, get over yourself not everyone is an IE fan and we should not have to put up with IE’s jealousy of not being the default.

  4. ted says:

    If 48% of your installed base is XP and 50% is win7 in the commercial world. This should be a very loud and clear message about what the commercial world want and need. The old adage If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is very true for the commercial sector. The commercial world want basic word processing, Spread sheets Documents etc. and they purchase these as add on’s to the basic system. Most shops with cash registers are integrated into XP systems as later ones don’t work.

    With CAD plotters which are usually XP centric. These plotter don’t run on anything later. The cost of upgrading both all your Point of sale hardware tills and integrating new tills into an XP accounting stock system, office hardware printing system’ make it a no brainer. to enter into an expense which is totally unnecessary Once some bright spark comes up with an open source conversion for all the Xp units The simple idea of an administrator inserting a disk into each machine and “Wallah” it is up and running . The PC still has all the files etc nothing is lost just a modern shelled Pc. Security is not compromised. This is going to an awaiting market as the business world is looking for any way to cut costs..
    The readers and scribes to articles like the one above are totally divorced from the real world. Just ask your check out operator what sort of system they are running?
    This will bypass the large OEMs and bring a brief spurt of fire back to the inderpendant dealers world wide.

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