Windows 8.1

w8.1Used to be,  when you saw a Windows blue screen, it spelled disaster: the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.  However, Microsoft hopes Windows 8.1 will be the Blue Screen of Resurrection.

Microsoft’s recent launch of  Windows 8 was something of a  catastrophe,  forcing it to attempt to make amends  with Windows 8.1.

“Desktop diehards will find a present waiting for them in Windows 8.1, the impending upgrade colloquially dubbed “Windows Blue, Brad writes in  PC World.

Is there such a creature as a ‘desktop diehard’?

If there is,  it/they  will find Windows Blue a,  “wonderful, horrible, oh-so-teasing present,”  he says going on:

“The Start button is back—but the Start menu isn’t.

“wonderful, horrible, oh-so-teasing?”

What he means is, “Instead, clicking the old familar button will dump you into the modern UI Start screen. While the new feature is notable for adding a helpful visual cue to an operating system rife with hidden menus, it isn’t exactly what people begging for the return of the Start button were looking for.”

Oh.  So teasing 😉

But never mind because “One much-clamored-for, keyboard- and mouse-friendly feature will be making a debut in Windows 8.1, however. Windows 8 point 1,  “adds the option to boot directly to the desktop, bypassing the modern UI start screen completely. (Actually, you can boot into several alternate locations, including the All Apps view.)

Another new option adds the ability to carry your desktop background over to the modern interface, fostering a more unified feel across the OS.

“If that doesn’t float your boat, new Start screen colors and backgrounds will also be available, including some animated elements. You can also choose to use a slideshow of your pictures for your lock screen, in effect having your PC double as a really expensive digital picture frame when you’re not actively using it.”

Now you know 😉

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