Rumor: Windows 8.1 will bring back the Start Button

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windows-8-logoWindows 8.1 or Windows Blue is a major Windows 8 coming later this year. Think of it as a service pack but with additional apps, functionality and spans multiple platforms.

Of course it will also include fixes addressing unintentional bugs and perhaps even some design snafus. The omission of the Start button to launch the Start screen was quite the blunder. That simple omission caused a lot of confusion for people but it’s good to hear that Microsoft is considering putting it back.

I am also pleased to hear that Microsoft isn’t abandoning the idea of the Start screen. I’m not a huge fan of it but there’s promise in its implementation and I’m glad Microsoft took the chance to try something new. Don’t regress!

If people don’t like the Start Screen and the Modern UI, then stick with Windows 7. It’s still viable. It may reach end of life before Windows 8 but Microsoft haven’t announced a date for that yet. I also want Microsoft to keep the Start Screen so that people who are fed up with it and modern Windows will consider other operating systems. Diversity and competition is a good thing.

FYI: More GTAIV DLC, Vista SP2 & Delays

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  • GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC Coming This Fall (via PR)
    • Will play as Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub manager Tony Prince aka “Gay Tony”
    • Retail disc of both “The Lost and Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony” will be made available for $39.99 — will not require GTAIV to play
    • Cost 1600 MS Points
    • Exclusive to Xbox 360
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is now available
    • Notable changes can be found here.
  • Raiden IV is Coming to North American Xbox 360s (via 1UP)
  • BioShock 2 Coming November 2 (via Examiner)
  • Zune HD is Official; Zune Marketplace Coming to Xbox Live! (via Engadget)

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Windows XP SP3 Now Available For Consumption

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It’s out folks. Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now readily available from Windows Update. Expect bug fixes and even a slight performance boost.

Details of some of the changes can be found here.

It’s a bit light on the feature side, though. It’s too bad they didn’t add at least 1 of the 18 features Windows doesn’t have. Sure some of them are already available via third party apps, but it’d just be nice to have them baked into the OS already.

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