New Windows 8.1 ad prominently features the start button

Microsoft looks to put an end to one the defining hot button issues of Windows 8 with a return of the start button.

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The start button, a defining feature of Windows since Windows 95, is making a return in the first major update to Windows 8 and Microsoft wants users to take note.

A new YouTube ad from Microsoft prominently features the button and how it will enhance the user’s experience in Windows.

The start button is 18 years old as of this August, and with Windows 8 Microsoft wanted to start the gradual shift away from this paradigm in an era of computing that is ever more touch screen centric. Users, however, didn’t agree with this course and complained loudly and viciously.

One key feature this ad highlights is the ability to boot right to the desktop, skipping the unpopular Metro UI entirely.

Windows 8.1 is set to be released on October 17.

 

Sam Reynolds is a Canadian technology journalist based in Taipei. His interest is the intersection between politics, business and technology.