Start button is back!
Microsoft endured the ire of many Windows fans when it removed the Start menu in Windows 8 -- a feature that's been around since Windows 95.
As a bit of a compromise, Microsoft reintroduced the Start button in Windows 8.1 in the lower-left corner of the desktop view. If you left-click on it (or tap it on a touch screen), it sends you back to the Start screen. You can right-click the button (or tap and hold on touch screens) to display a small menu with power user settings (my words, not Microsoft's), such as the Task Manager, Network Connections, and power controls. It's hardly the Start menu we remember from Windows 7 and before, but it does collect common settings in a central place that's easy to access.
October 17, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET
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