It looks like that Microsoft Windows 8 will not really bringing back the Start Menu and is going towards supporting touch screen devices permanently.
The Windows 8.1 preview update has been out for over a week already, and even though they brought back the Start button, the Start Menu is still missing. Most likely, even with the clamor to bring back the Start Button with the Start Menu, and everything the old Windows have, the old desktop will not make a return.
The interesting things that the Windows 8.1 have is meant for touchscreen devices. Xbox Music which is only available as an Metro-style app, as well as Kinect-like recipe app, SkyDrive, reading lists, an improved Mail app and the IE11. Windows 8.1 also allows you to re-size your apps to make it more suitable for your personal use. They also added new features for multiscreen setups.
I don’t own any Windows 8 touch screen device, though I use my desktop running on a Windows 8 OS. For the skeptics, it is not that hard to use Windows 8 OS on a normal desktop; personally, it just feels that I’m not using the full potential of Windows 8. I think it is better to use a Windows 7 OS. I don’t use much of the Metro UI but to keep my desktop squeaky clean. All my apps and games are pinned on my Metro, and from time to time I jumped to Metro to just click on them. The thing is that I still do most of my work on my desktop, and sometimes it gets a little to frustrating switching back and fourth.
I’m not keeping my hopes up that Microsoft would be bringing back the old desktop, as they are set for the future with the Metro UI. Microsoft Windows 8 is made for touch screen devices and that’s it. It’s not optimal for classic desktop users and will not be. If you opt to use a Windows 8 OS, just be ready for some frustration in using, but it does not need much learning curve to use.
“just be ready for some frustration in using, but it does not need much learning curve to use.”
I’ve been using Windows 8 since october last year, i would say there is a learning curve with regards to the new UI. Personally i don’t like it because i’m using a desktop and i’ts not fitted for it. What i did was i purchased a third party $5 app and it solved all my frustration against the metro IU of the OS. I like Windows 8 for its improvements and other things and i think it’s a great OS, I even installed the new 8.1 aka Windows blue… IMO…