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The next Windows 8.1 update might skip the Start screen by default

Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala
January 30, 2014
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Microsoft already gave Windows 8 users the option to boot their machines directly to the desktop, but a future update could make the classic interface standard. According to known leaker WZor, the latest Windows 8.1 test build skips over Microsoft's tiled interface by default. Of course, those aren't the only changes -- WZor also posted screenshots showing that the OS' power options (sleep, shut down and restart) have been moved to the Start Screen, and modern UI apps now feature a "minimize" option, lending credibility to rumors that a future update would allow them to be run from the desktop. So that's what they meant by business friendly.

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