One of the most noticeable differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is that Microsoft’s newest operating system replaces the classic Start Menu with a new full-page Start Screen. The Start button is also gone. Instead you can bring up the Start Screen using gestures or by pulling your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen.
While Microsoft apparently has no plans to bring back the full Start Menu, it’s starting to look like the always-present Start button may be making a comeback in Windows 8.1.
Here are some of the day’s tech news stories from around the web.
- Windows 8.1 to bring back the start button (but not the start menu)
One minor change in Windows 8 should make the operating system a little more familiar for long-time Windows users. There will be a start button in the lower left corner of the screen again. But it won’t open a start menu. Instead it’ll bring you to the same full-screen Start Screen Windows 8 users have learned to love/hate/feign indifference to. [The Verge]
- KlyDE project is working to build a light-weight desktop environment based on KDE Plasma
Xfce and LXDE grab all the headlines when it comes to Linux desktop environments that aren’t resource hogs. But some developers are trying to show that KDE Plasma is versatile enough to be light-weight too. [Muktware]
- Linux booting in under 1 second on an Allwinner A10-powered device
The Allwinner A10 is an ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor. It’s not exactly fast… but with the right software, you can boot a very simple operating system in less than a second. Don’t expect to do this with a full Ubuntu desktop Linux OS anytime soon. [CNX Software]
- HTC now offering SIM-unlocked HTC One for $575
Don’t want to spend $650 on the HTC One Developer Edition? No problem. For $75 you can now pick up a model with an unlocked SIM, letting you use it on any supported network. What you won’t get with this model is 64GB of storage or a bootloader that’s already been unlocked. [GSM Arena]
- Minuum raises $87k in crowd-funding effort to reinvent Android smartphone and tablet keyboards
Think the on-screen keyboard on your mobile device takes up too much space? Apparently you’re not alone. The folks behind Minuum are working on a low-profile keyboard alternative, and after launching a campaign to raise $10,000 from potential users, they wound up raising over $87,000. [Android Police]
- Upcoming Acer laptop transforms into an all-in-one desktop
Acer plans to unveil a new laptop that you can unfold into a desktop computer May 3rd. The company has also put out a promo video that tries to make you think the laptop has something to do with the next Star Trek movie. [The Verge]