A few weeks back, we heard about the reborn of Start button on the next version of Microsoft Windows. This is sort of the most expected feature on Windows 8.1/Windows Blue because most Windows 8 users have complaints about the lack of Start button. Now, we have the first look at the Start button on Windows 8.1.
The leaked screenshots are brought to us by the Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott. He posted some images as well as how the Start button works, it is not the classic button in previous versions that we expected.
The Start button is coming back to the familiar position on the lower-left corner, but it has a new simple look of Windows 8. The button will have some animations of changing color when you hover your mouse on it, it looks exactly like the Start Charm.
However, when you click on the Start button, it won’t bring you the Start menu. This is just another way to go to the Start screen with Live Tiles and apps. You can also set the Start screen to All Apps screen so that you can access all apps immediately.
Besides, the Start button can also be used on other screens such as Windows Store or the Start Screen. However, it won’t be visible on those screens, you will need to drag mouse to the left corner to bring it up.
Another notable feature of Windows 8.1 is that we can boot directly to the desktop (instead of the Start Screen), this feature won’t be enabled by default.
The official version of Windows 8.1 is expected to be released this October. We will continue updating new features of the Windows 8.1 in upcoming posts. Stay tuned.