The Start Menu ain't coming back! :)
If Microsoft did add a Start button to the taskbar, it will probably just be used to open the Start Screen.
The point is Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't selling very well at all. This is due to a combination of high tablet prices compared to cheaper netbook prices, plus the fact most users (in my experience) do not like the substantial changes to the user interface.
I really don't see why Microsoft don't just re-enable the Start Menu and Boot to Desktop as options to users and allow admins to enable/disable these features via GPO. You then cater for both worlds for users who like the changes and others who don't. Everyone can then enjoy the most optimised and secure version of Windows to date. Simples!
It will take off in enterprise if it doesn't need a touch device to work so yes bring it back!
Why they don't provide as many options as possible, I do not know. Why remove the start menu entirely? Why remove the start button entirely? Why make it so you must boot to Metro?
Why not simply let the end user set their working environment up how they want it? And then allow network admins do so too, via GPO.
i do see what they are trying to do but why did they not do this >
Just swipe left of right to view more apps etc and then maybe add a small white arrow for next page for mouse pointers etc
Copyright Squeeky (Before microsoft steals my ideas :P)
I think you've answered your own question really "in a few years time". Microsoft needs to cater for users today using 1080p resolutions, but also for the needs of users in future. The best of both makes a lot more sense and surely Microsoft must be looking at the number of users who have installed third party apps just to restore the Start Menu.
The learning curve is far too great and it is very much a marmite OS. I think Windows 8.1 will determine if Microsoft have actually listened to their customers, or risk users looking at other platforms. Why does it matter to Microsoft so much if one user chooses to use Metro and another user chooses to use the Start Menu. They've still sold a license and it allows end users to personalise their computing environment, rather than have this environment forced in a set layout.
On these very forums I remember writing that the boot to Metro wouldn't pay off and clearly myself and other IT Pros were right about that!
You also have the option of a cheap DVI-to-HDMI adapter or, if you have the connection, just connecting the VGA.
I am using Windows 8 & I have used a third party app to get the start menu back & it logs in to the Desktop. Similar to using Windows 7, but with the option to use the start screen if you want.
Classic Start Menu is free as well.
This was the only reason I would consider using Windows 8. The new start screen is OK for tablets, but no good for Desktops.
Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button | The Verge
I really can't get my head around MS thinking with the start menu, just have the start button and boot to desktop as a configurable options. You want them, turn them on, you don't turn it off. Simple.
I really believe that this simple change would boost Win 8 sales (especially in enterprise market) as Win 8 is actually a decent OS under the UI debacle.