Windows 8.1 update set to boot to desktop by default

Modern UI relegated to an option, according to leaked screenshots

by hodg100 Jan 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

  • Microsoft looks to be continuing its back-tracking on Windows 8, as leaked screenshots of the next 8.1 update have emerged showing the boot to desktop feature being switched on by default.
    The brave new Windows approach for its Modern UI is looking increasingly like a false dawn for Redmond, with the tiled approach looking set to take a backseat.

    Microsoft introduced the boot to desktop option back in June 2013 but this would be a major move on the software giants’ behalf and acknowledgement that the public hasn’t realty bought in to the approach.

    How it would work for those using Windows 8 from a touch-screen only setup isn’t clear but it’s possible Microsoft could implement some detection processes that would bring up the tiles, by default. We don’t suppose there are many facing that scenario, however.

    Other changes revealed by known Russian leaker Wzor are less surprising and include the renaming of Microsoft’s cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive, following BskyB’s successful challenge to the name.

    There will also apparently be Close and Minimize buttons on the Modern UI apps, which will also be welcomed by many.

    Would you like boot to desktop as the default in Windows 8.1 or should MS stick to their guns?


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