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Leaked Windows 8.1 update shows no Start menu

Rumours of its return might have been exaggerated
Thu Jan 09 2014, 16:15
Windows 8.1 Start screen

SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft apparently plans to release an update to Windows 8.1.

According to Neowin, a leaked early build of the update has been seen in the wild and appears to change very little, having much in common with the Service Packs of older versions of Windows.

It has been hoped that Microsoft will reinstate the Start menu, which it removed from Windows 8 to almost universal customer disapproval. However, there is no evidence of this in the leak.

The company reintroduced the Start button in Windows 8.1, which has gone some way towards placating frustrated users. However that doesn't trigger a menu, but simply acts as a toggle between Microsoft's new Modern user interface and the traditional Windows Desktop.

The leak gives no information on new features or functions that will be included in the update, however the leaker suggested that this is more than a rollup of updates.

Although this is not classed as a major update, Microsoft must be feeling the pressure to impress with every opportunity. Windows 8 was not well received by consumers or business users, and although Windows 8.1 has done something to redress the balance, the recent increase in Chromebook sales must be worrying the top brass in Redmond.

The timeframe of the update is vague, but it is widely believed that early April is the rollout target to coincide with the Microsoft BUILD conference in San Francisco. Before then, details of the release to manufacturing (RTM) version should begin to filter out, which should give Microsoft customers a clearer idea of what the first set of updates to the Windows 8.1 service pack will entail. µ


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