Microsoft today is confirming new design and interfaces changes to Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, today – changes that include the return of the missing Start menu button.

(See also Microsoft Is Backing Down From One Of Windows 8’s Boldest Changes.)

It isn’t known if this design change (one among many highlighted in today’s entry on the official Windows blog) will be enough to turn around the at-best ambivalence users have shown towards Windows 8 and its Metro interface, but it’s a Start.

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