Windows 8.1 (aka Windows Blue) introduces some controversial features. The blogosphere was lit up on talks of the reintroduction of a Start button, the notion that 8.1 will be free, and more.

Seen as a highly positive new feature, is the ability to boot Windows 8.1 to desktop. I.E., skip the metro / modern interface when signing in. This is being lauded as the solution to lack of enterprise adoption as well as consumer confusion.

Our question at the moment: Is this really impactful?

Here’s what the Taskbar and Navigation properties section allowing configuration of the feature:

  1. Start screen
    1. Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in
    2. Show my desktop background on Start
    3. Always show Start on my main display when I press the Windows logo key
    4. Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start
    5. Search everywhere instead of just my apps when I search from the Apps view
    6. List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it’s sorted by category
Go to the desktop instead of start when i sign in

Our theory at the moment is that most users aren’t rebooting or completely signing out often enough to have this be of impact. What we see more often is that instead, users are unlocking their machines as a result of having:

  1. their workstation go into standby
  2. manually locked their workstation

In other words, we’re only seeing that this features affects users coming into a fresh sign-in.

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