A lot of traditional Windows users were not impressed by the fact that Windows 8 required them to do an additional unnecessary step to get to the desktop. Furthermore, Microsoft removed the iconic Start button that generations have come to love. It was quite clear from the get go that this OS was developed while keeping tablets and touchscreen computers in mind, but not everyone is going to use Windows 8 on those devices. Recently there’s been chatter indicating that Microsoft might be contemplating on bringing back the Start button, whereas code has already been found in a Windows 8.1 leaked build which points to an option that might let users boot directly to desktop.
Julie Larson-Green, head of Windows Engineering, confirmed today in a conference that Microsoft is having “meaningful discussions” on the prospect of adding older features of the outdated Windows version to future updates of Windows 8. These features include, but are not limited to the Start button. However Julie also says that the company believes fully in the start screen and the “model of having live tiles and access to everything” in a single glance. It is a bit early to say whether the features will be seen in Windows Blue, which was confirmed earlier today, and its public preview release date was also revealed. The next Windows 8 update is slated for release later this year.