Citing “hazy” details at Microsoft’s Build conference, PCWorld posted a screenshot of an upcoming build of Windows 8.1 that many users will be interested in. It addresses two major issues that were built into Windows 8, in an irrational attempt to meld touch screen interfaces with traditional interfaces.
The first is that the Start Menu is back in an official form. Not that it isn’t easy to get a version of it using third-party software (the one I have been using since the day I installed Win8 is Classic Shell, and it has been great), but it’s great to have it there from the start.
The second issue is having a separate “Metro” interface tacked onto Windows 8. I think most desktop and laptop Windows users spend approximately zero percent of their time using Metro and the apps that are built for it, since these apps are typically designed for tablets and mobile phones. To address this, Microsoft will move “Metro” into a window that can be run like any other Windows program. This will make their Shop a more viable place for developers to sell their software. In addition to this, the Shop itself will be able to host not only “Metro” and “Windows” apps, but Xbox One and Windows Mobile as well.
It looks like the design philosophy has made a major shift when Ballmer left, and it is absolutely for the better.