Microsoft Readies Windows Blue; Start Button to Return?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Amid some controversy regarding Windows 8’s reception, Microsoft is expected to reveal a major update to the OS at next month’s Build conference.

Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows signaled the preview in a blog post discussing how more and more people were adopting Windows 8 licenses – a figure that recently surpassed the 100 million mark.

“We are proud to keep evolving Windows in a way that brings forward over 25 years of computing and to create the platform for tomorrow. As with every radical change, learning is a process. We are getting smarter every day about how to help people learn and make the most of their devices. From work in Windows, to online content, as well materials and demos at retail we are constantly improving and moving forward,” commented Larson-Green.

Meanwhile, it’s rumored that such an update could reintroduce the much-beloved Windows Start button along with letting users directly boot to their traditional desktop screens.

“If Microsoft does end up adding the Start Button and boot to desktop options to Blue, it won’t be the first time in recent history that the Windows client team has gone back and changed the Windows UI based on user dissatisfaction. Remember how users balked over the way Windows Vista first implemented User Account Control (UAC), the “most hated feature” in a hated OS release? Microsoft ended up changing direction with UAC in Windows 7, based on beta tester outcry,” stated ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley via an article last month.