By Vamien McKalin | Apr 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
One of the many problems some users have with Windows 8 is its inability to bypass the Metro user interface and go straight to the desktop after a reboot. For this to happen, third-party applications are required to get this simple job done, something users find disappointing.
Now, according to a new report coming from a source who spoke to The Verge, Microsoft is working to enable Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue, to boot directly to the desktop. However, this will be an optional feature for those who require it. The corner functions will still be operational, as it is key to accessing the Charms feature and for getting to the modern start screen. However, one feature that hasn't been mentioned is the return of the Start Button, but this is something that is not truly a necessity if one takes the time to learn Windows 8 from the inside out.
If Microsoft is truly taking this route, then it proves the company is listening to consumers. For some, Windows 8's new interface is not mouse and keyboard friendly, which is quite true if you're a hardcore keyboard shortcuts user. There is some mouse and keyboard functionality for sure, but some users are not inclined to remember these new inputs when they are well accustomed to the old ways of doing things.
So far, Windows 8 hasn't been performing in ways Microsoft would find satisfactory. The operating system is growing, but not fast enough to keep up with the likes of Android and iOS on the tablet scene. Furthermore, PC makers are not happy with the slow growth of Windows 8, as profits began to fall along with the whole PC sector.
Recently, Dell came out stating Windows 8 is one of the reasons why the company is experiencing a decline, not too long after Samsung CEO and an executive slammed the Windows platform for not being up to par with Android.
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