Microsoft shows off Windows 8.1 in biggest pre-release news yet

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While it might not technically be a leak if Microsoft itself posts it, the company has decided to show off Windows 8.1ahead of a preview release this summer. And yes, as confirmed yesterday, the Start Button is making a comeback.

Microsoft’s post was careful not to call it the “Start Button”, choosing instead to say that the Modern Windows logo will be ever-present on the taskbar when you’re working on the Desktop. It’ll also appear when you hover over the left corner in either interface — replacing the busier-looking thumbnail of the Start Screen that currently appears in Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 Start-screen

What else is changing? There’s the unified background image, which Microsoft also notes can be animated like Android live wallpaper. Other personalization options have been added, too. Two new tile sizes have been added — one larger, one smaller — so that you can shrink apps to just…

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