The Start button for Windows is coming back.
Responding to widespread complaints about its tiled, touchscreen-friendly start screen for its new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would reintroduce its traditional Start button in an update.
Microsoft decided to ditch the traditional button with Windows 8, which was meant to offer users a perfect combination of touch control, as well as mouse and keyboard interfaces.
However many users found it difficult to adjust to the new system and analysts have blamed the introduction of Windows 8 as one of the reasons that PC sales have cratered during the last six months.
"We've improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start 'tip' to be the familiar Windows logo," the company said in a blog post.
"The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop."
Other changes announced by Antoine Leblond, a Microsoft executive in charge of Windows programme management, included a lock screen that functions as a picture frame, easier access to PC settings, and an updated Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft did not reveal when the update would be released, but a preview version will be released on June 26.
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