The highly reliable Mary-Jo Foley has new information regarding how the start button will work in Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue. The start button will be on by default on Windows 8.1, but will can be turned off by users who do not want it. The start button will look very similar to the one in the charms bar, but will not be visible until the user moves the mouse down to the lower left corner. Users will also be able to configure what the button can open, either the normal Metro Home Screen, or the “All Apps” view instead. It is also rumored that you will be able use your desktop background on the Metro Start Screen with Blue, as to make the transition between Desktop and Metro more seamless.
I think this will just add more confusion, and this will have the opposite effect that Microsoft intends, to quell some the vocal, whiny, & complaining blogs. We’ll see when we get an official build on our hands in late June.