As rumors continue to persist about the Windows 8.1 Update 1 release in the next few months, the latest rumors about the start screen have surfaced. The latest news about the update seems to indicate that the Windows 8.1 Update 1 will give users a desktop launch overall.
By allowing users to boot directly to the desktop, and bypass the tiled interface, Microsoft is essentially giving up on the tiled interface for the desktop. It appears that Microsoft has realized that the tiled interface may not be what users want on the desktop after all.
New Power Options Included
The latest screen releases about the Windows 8.1 Update 1 indicate that users will have brand new power options available to them. The new options include sleep, shut down, and restart, and those have been migrated to the start screen. The latest updates show that the tiled interface and the shutdown options are now a distant memory.
Included with the newer power options, users will now be greeted with the ability to minimize modern UI apps. By allowing users to minimize these metro apps, they could now be used on the desktop, and users will get the ability to run them along side the regular apps. These types of decisions should please users of Windows 8.1
Why Make The Desktop The Default?
By giving users the ability to boot directly to the desktop, Windows is telling customers that the tiled interface didn’t work. Customers have been fighting this move by Microsoft ever since the Microsoft 8 interface rolled out, enterprise and customer sales of Windows 8 and devices have fallen. Enterprise sales have fallen since Windows 8, and maybe this concession to the desktop will be enough to appease them.
I’m a believer in the desktop, and like this move by Microsoft. Users want the desktop, and don’t like a tiled interface on the desktop. It works on tablets, but not on a desktop or commercial setup, and that is what Microsoft is angling towards in the next years. Who knows what Windows 9 will look like, but it probably won’t be tiled.
I personally can’t wait for this update. Get rid of the tiles please.