Microsoft brings back the Start button in Windows 8.1

Brent Schooley / Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Microsoft has added the Start button back in Windows 8.1. This was one of the most requested features for Windows 8 since the debut of the operating system. When coupled with another new feature, boot to desktop, users who are most productive in the desktop environment will be able to boot straight to the desktop and take advantage of the new Start button enhancements.


New enhancements for Start button

One other new feature, the All Apps screen, can function almost as a replacement for the Start menu that used to accompany the Start button. Upon clicking the Start button, the Start screen tiles will appear almost hovering on the desktop background. Then, one click of an up arrow near the bottom of the tiles will bring up the All Apps screen which shows more apps and is much more versatile than the Start menu ever was. This means that, contrary to my previous comments regarding the Start button, this new bit of functionality is a huge boost to desktop productivity in Windows 8.1.

all apps

You can check out the new Start button in the Windows 8.1 Preview available today at While you’re looking at Windows 8.1, please check out Infragistics Windows UI controls.


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