Windows 8.1 Update 1 makes the Modern UI and Start screen a little friendlier for the mouse-and-keyboard crowd. But it won't silence critics.
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In Windows 8.1, you can bypass the Start screen (and Modern UI altogether) by delving into the taskbar settings and configuring this option. Windows 8.1 Update 1 does this automatically on devices without touchscreens -- a very large market segment that includes most of today's enterprise desktop and laptop PCs. The change, while minor, may prove popular among Microsoft's corporate customers, many of whom don't want to spend the time and effort to retrain employees to use the Modern UI.
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