Microsoft Brings Back the Start Button with Windows 8.1

microsoftsPZ(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Welcome back Start Button, we’ve missed you: That’s surely what a lot of people we’re thinking as Microsoft detailed the Windows 8.1 update on Friday.

The feature was initially left out of Windows as Microsoft had instead opted for a tile-like interface screen.

Via a blog post, Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond described it this way: “We’ve improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start “tip” to be the familiar Windows logo. The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop. There are also options to change what the corners do, and options to boot into alternate screens. For example, if you prefer to see the Apps view versus all the tiles, you can choose to have the Start screen go directly to Apps view.”

Microsoft admitted changes made available in version 8.1 were a response to customer feedback.

Meanwhile, the company has worked to make improvements in a number of other areas as well including search, apps, Windows Store, cloud, PC settings along with Internet Explorer.

More information will be made available by Microsoft at next week’s Tech Ed North America event. Windows 8.1 will become available later this year as a free download.