It's splattered all over the internet headlines, "Microsoft Brings Back Start Button With Windows 8.1". Unfortunately the only ones rejoicing are the third-party application developers who actually took the time to make a real start menu for Windows 8.
If you have been following the Windows 8 saga, you will know that there has been a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth over the fact that for many people the start button was a must have feature. Actually, if you listen to them it was even more … a tradition, virtual hallowed ground never to be molested or desecrated, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. I'm not so sure I agree with their sentiment, but let's move on.
When you are on the desktop in Windows 8, you move the cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and a little square that looks like a mini modern UI pops ups. If you left-click it, you are taken to the "Modern UI." You know, the screen with all the pretty tiles. If you right-click on the square you are presented with a pop-up menu for various oft used commands like "Programs and Features", "Command Prompt", "Control Panel" and others.
It seems that in the answer to everyone's prayers to see the return of the Start Button, Microsoft has given them exactly what they asked for. A Start Button. Never mind that it does exactly the same thing that the little pop-up square did, which is to take you to the Modern UI page or give you the command menu, it's a button!
Genius! For probably about $100 in coding and testing, Microsoft has taken the little pop-up square and made it a persistent button on the desktop, the Start Button that is precisely what everyone asked for since the launch of Windows 8.
This article is of course a bit tongue in cheek, and to be fair to Microsoft they have added some new features to improve the user interface and also to improve the overall operating system. But the way they implemented the Start Button just demanded an article to give them a little grief.
Like it or not, it looks like the current implementation of the Start Button is here to stay.