Microsoft May Bring Back Traditional Options in Windows 8 Update

Those colorful Metro tiles will become optional

   

Microsoft May Bring Back Traditional Options in Windows 8 Update

Windows8 Microsoft May Bring Back Traditional Options in Windows 8 UpdateMicrosoft (MSFT) is planning a new set of updates to its Windows 8 operating system that will restore more of the traditional desktop interface that millions have been pining for.

The new release being is code-named “Threshold.” In a concession to PC users, the Metro tile interface — which made sense on touchscreen devices, but infuriated traditional non-touchscreen PC users — will be made optional, while the Start Menu will also be included as an option, Supersite for Windows notes.

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Familiar to PC users for almost two decades, the Start Button was initially dumped from Windows 8. Microsoft restored it with the Windows 8.1 update after receiving a wave of criticism from users.

The updated OS will ship in three versions, including an Enterprise version, a traditional desktop release and a Windows RT-like version for consumers.

Threshold apparently contains features that are designed to move toward a consolidation of the Windows OS across desktops, tablets, smartphones and the Xbox gaming console.

Shares of Microsoft fell modestly in Tuesday morning trading.


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