Microsoft gives in: Windows 8.1 Update 1 skips hateful Metro UI, says secret source

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans boot-to-desktop as default, mutter deep-throats. It's said that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will skip the Metro (aka Modern) Start screen, booting to the good old desktop by default.

Wow. Seriously? If this is true, it means that Redmond's stubborn refusal to yield to popular opinion has finally crumbled. Wow. Such U-turn.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think it's huge.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Tom Warren rabbits on and on:

While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed [that Update 1] will enable this by improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.


It's currently being changed to appease desktop users. It may seem like a minor change, but the move reverses parts of Microsoft’s original vision for Windows 8 [of the] "Metro" environment as the future of Windows.


Microsoft has been paying close attention to telemetry data that shows the majority of Windows 8 users still use a keyboard and mouse and desktop applications.  MORE


And infamous Russian blogger wzascok blogs YOU:

This week Microsoft partners once again get a new test build of Windows 8.1: ... 9600.16606.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140126-20 42.


The important thing in this build, which immediately catches the eye is the fact that, immediately after installation and boot, we find ourselves in the desktop, and not in the tiled Modern UI (Metro) like before.  MORE


But is this really a big deal? We need analysis, so release Harry McCracken!

If Microsoft makes the Windows 8.1 update boot to the classic desktop by default, that's huge.  MORE


Oh, OK. So it's "huge." Marco Arment explains that Microsoft forgot who its customers are:

Microsoft’s customers don’t like change. ... If Microsoft releases anything too different, enterprise customers will simply refuse to buy it. ... And every time, Microsoft caves, because what else are they going to do?


It’s not that Microsoft is incapable of making radical changes. Not only was Windows 8 the most bold move they’ve made since Windows 95, but it wasn’t even bad. ... Microsoft truly innovated with the UI to a greater extent than we’ve ever seen from them. [But] adoption has been abysmal. ... Windows 8 has been one of the biggest disasters in Microsoft’s history.


The problem is that Microsoft isn’t Apple. ... They tried selling a more Apple-like attitude to their customers, most of whom don’t want and won’t tolerate an Apple-like attitude. ... That’s the reality of serving the low- to midrange-PC business, and it’s sure as hell the reality of the enterprise business.  MORE


Meanwhile, Craig Andrew Colton looks back:

Make no mistake about it, Microsoft was well aware of the monumental change they were making. Forcing the Metro tiled interface on users was an intentional the hopes that people would get used to it. ... Microsoft was fooled by all of their research which appeared to indicate to them that people who use the Metro interface really really love it.


You can't force such a drastic change onto users if they have other options, and they do. ... This isn't 10 years ago and Microsoft does not have the power to simply force their will.  MORE

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