In update for Windows 8.1 desktop will be default

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With Windows 8.1 Microsoft started the process of bringing back the desktop, and now that’s set to continue. An update for Windows 8.1 will turn on the desktop by default, according to a leak online.

The leaker shows that the update will make booting to desktop the default behaviour in Windows 8.1. Apparently this comes down to Microsoft using the user feedback mechanisms in its operating system to determine common behaviours, and adjust development accordingly. It’s also shown that the update will include shutdown and reboot buttons, which will be shown more prominently on the Start Screen, rather than hidden in the charms sidebar.

When the operating system originally launched with its touchscreen-friendly tile interface of the Start Screen, desktop users shunned it. The change was not only too jarring, with Microsoft removing the traditional Start button, the limited number of apps for the new interface were also less functional than their desktop counterparts. As time passed, Microsoft teased that Windows 8.1 would tweak this, offering an option to boot to the desktop instead of the Start Screen. It would also see the Start button returning, making it more intuitive for long-time Windows users.

Of course, all these tweaks are teased in a preview build of the Windows 8.1 update. There’s a possibility that Microsoft is just testing them, and won’t roll them out. But given the vocal audience of Windows users, this is almost definitely going to be something to look forward to. And, as many would say, it’s about damn time.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.