Recently, we reported about the possibility of Microsoft allowing users to boot directly to the desktop. While it makes no sense for Microsoft to do it since the company is focused on its Start Screen as the next big thing, the company may enable this feature due to consumer demand.
Now, a new report suggests that Microsoft is also considering bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, thanks to consumer demand. The report adds that Microsoft may bring back the Start button as an option, along with booting directly to the desktop.
One may think that once Microsoft changes a feature, the company will not go back. This is not true. Back in Windows Vista days, people hated the way Microsoft first implemented the User Account Control (UAC). Microsoft ended up changing direction with UAC by the time Windows 7 was released.
Windows 8.1 is rumored to be released in August of this year and a public preview build is expected during Build 2013 in June of this year.