One of the more controversial moves Microsoft made with the launch of Windows 8 was the removal of a dedicated Start Button. It’s still sort of there… but it only pops up when you hover your mouse over the lower left edge of the screen in desktop mode.
Some folks have been unhappy about that — so Microsoft is expected to bring the button back when it launches Windows 8.1, a small update to the operating system. But that doesn’t mean you’re getting the Windows 7-style Start Menu back. Hitting the button still takes you to a full-screen view with a list of all apps.
There is some good news for folks that hate the Start Screen though — a new “boot to desktop” option seems to be baked into Windows 8.1, which means if you pin shortcuts for your favorite apps to the taskbar or create desktop shortcuts, you’ll only see the Start Screen when you want to.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- When the Windows start button returns, it won’t bring the classic Start Menu with it
Instead, it’ll just be an on-screen button in the bottom left corner of the Windows desktop which takes you to the “all apps” section of the Metro-style start screen. That’s kind of what I figured, but some folks had been hoping for a return to the Windows 7-style UI. [ZDnet]
- Samsung galaxy S4 Active, Zoom specs leaked?
Samsung is holding an event to launch a few new phones and PCs next month — and it’s likely that the Galaxy S4 Mini, Active, Zoom, will be among them. Leaked specs suggest we could see a smaller model with a 16MP camera featuring 10x optixal zoom, among other things. [UnWired View]
- Analysis: There’s a niche for 8-13 PC tablets to fill
Android tablets with 10 inch screens don’t do much you can’t do on a 7 inch model… which raises the question of why they tend to cost twice as much. Now that $200 seems to be the sweet spot for Android tablets, maybe there’s room for Microsoft to edge into the $500 and up tablet space with devices that function more like full-fledged PCs. [UMPC Portal]
- Updated Acer Iconia B1 hits the FCC
Acer’s budget 7 inch Android tablet has already shown up in some places outside the US… not it looks like it may be one step closer to a launch in the States. [Engadget]
- Intel releases a new Linux graphics installer for Ubuntu 13.04
Intel offers a tool that makes it relatively easy to install the latest official Linux graphics drivers for computers with its chips. Now there’s a version for Ubuntu 13.04. [Web Upd8]
- Apple has sold about 13 million Apple TVs
Apple’s box that lets you access iTunes content on your TV is picking up steam (as is the whole idea of bringing internet content to televisions). The company says it’s sold about 13 million devices so far… and about half of those were sold just in the past year. [The Verge]
- AMD launches two new low-power chips for servers
AMD’s newest chips designed for servers are low-power 11W Opteron processors based on the same Jaguar core as the company’s latest processors for notebooks and tablets. [PC World]