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First leaked Windows 8.1 screenshot clearly shows new Start button

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:41PM EST
Windows 8.1 Leaked Screenshot Start Button

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Start button fans, rejoice: Microsoft really seems to have heard your pleas. In addition to the new information we learned today about how Microsoft might implement the Start button in its upcoming Windows 8.1 release, we now have a leaked screenshot of the new operating system that clearly shows the Start button in its traditional home in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop mode screen. Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows posted the screen grab on Wednesday that showed a Windows 8 logo placed on the left side of the task bar, just as ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley had reported earlier. Thurrott also confirms that Windows 8.1 will allow users to boot directly to desktop mode, although he says that Microsoft has turned off that option by default. Thurrott’s Windows 8.1 screenshot is posted below.

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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at BGR.com and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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