Rumors continue to swirl regarding Windows 8.1, the reportedly major upcoming update to Windows 8 that has also been codenamed \’Windows Blue.\’ Now, various reports are suggesting that Windows 8.1 will give Windows users a \”boot to desktop\” option that will allow them to bypass the operating system\’s signature tile-based, \’Metro\’-style start screen upon starting their PCs and head straight to the more traditional desktop mode.
As seen at a handful of forum posts over the weekend (via Winbeta and MyDigitalLife), apparent leaked code from an early build of Windows 8.1 features a \”CanSuppressStartScreen\” option. Lending more credibility to the rumors are reported confirmations from both The Verge and ZDNet, which both claim that Microsoft is indeed testing the options. The former of those two says that the \”boot to desktop\” feature would be disabled by default.
Microsoft has declined TechnologyGuide\’s request for comment on the matter. The company has typically defended Windows 8\’s separation of the desktop mode and the new start screen, but this rumored change would seem to appease the vocal number of users who have questioned the usefulness of the setup.
Another motivation behind the shakeup may be the continued struggles of traditional PCs. The latest quarterly report from IDC went so far as to claim that Windows 8 was slowing the growth of the PC market as a whole, for instance.
But per usual with Windows Blue reports, nothing has been confirmed just yet. Microsoft will talk specifics about Blue at its annual Build conference this June, but TG will continue to update should any more news arise before then.