Report: Upcoming Windows Threshold Release Will Allow Desktop PCs To Disable Start Screen

We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. We recently reported about a rumor in which there is a possibility that Microsoft might offer a special edition Windows targeted towards enterprise that will allow users to disable Start screen completely. Today, Neowin reported the same as per information from their sources.

With Windows Threshold, Microsoft will put their focus on desktop users. Since the vast majority of users will be from Windows 7 moving forward, Microsoft preparing great set of improvements for them. Also, depending upon the device in which Windows is installed, the Start screen/Start menu option will vary. For example, desktop users can completely avoid Start screen with the help of the upcoming Start Menu which will include Live Tiles and windowing of Modern UI apps.

If you install Windows on a small screen tablet, Start screen will be the default experience with desktop UI completely disabled.

Read more from the link below.

Source: Neowin

About the author  ⁄ pradeep

Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  • robertwade

    I call foul. I hate the desktop and I hate that more developers haven’t converted their programs to Metro. In my house we no longer keep ANYTHING on the desktop, not even on the task bar. These days we FIRST see if there is a Metro app to do what we want. If there isn’t, then we look for a legacy program and pin it to the Start. I’ll be pi$$ed if the Start screen is disabled by default.

    • José Villaró

      I can tell you’re not a developer, if you were you would know that the RT API’s are not there yet to be able to make everything a metro app and I don’t think it ever will. Just look at the hard time VLC has had to finish there media player.

      • RoadOfMajor

        Agreed. RT’s API sucks compared to, say, the desktop WPF application of half a decade ago. While OS X and iOS are moving leaps and bounds forward with their API’s, Microsoft is moving backwards and in circles.

        Microsoft is not consistent in their direction. They went full throttle with Metro and now they are backing away and going full throttle back to desktop.

    • skruis

      Well, you know…to each their own but for some applications and usage scenarios, either Metro or the Desktop make more sense than the other. For a desktop user, the Start screen isn’t as necessary as it was for Microsoft to have a Start screen as a launcher for Metro. If the Start ‘button’ is brought back and Metro functionality is integrated into it, then Microsoft doesn’t ‘need’ to force you to use the Start screen and can allow you to freely choose whichever environment suits your needs best. This is a win for end user choice…and that’s something I celebrate.

      • dev

        Especially for enterprises Microsoft had could done a much better job. Modern UI start screen would be perfect for enterprises if there were any useful Live Tiles available as dashboard. There are no useful tiles, because neither legacy applications are ported to modern ui nor
        is it possible to upgrade legacy applications with Live Tiles.

  • Michael

    Disabling the start screen as an options is fine since by then the Mordern Apps can be run in windows in desktop mode…. but hey what it with “desktop UI completely disabled” for tablets????????…… the best thing about a windows tablet is that actually its a full PC and that you can enjoy the touch first apps but always get to the legacy ones to get things done in case…. and with external monitor support so good in windows… its so easy to make any Win8 tablet into a desktop… KEEP them all as options let the user disable and enable what they want… dont force…

    • Avatar Roku

      Sounds like both sides are potentially losing functionality. Not seeing why this makes Windows more attractive to anyone other than corporations that simply want to save money on training.

      -Hybrid sounds the same as it is today.
      -Desktop sounds like it adds an option for IT to severely limit your UI options solely for the sake of saving money on training.
      -Tablet sounds like it loses all of the desktop programs/functionality (potentially loses all the WinRT apps – replaced with WP apps)

      What an exciting release for consumers! /s

    • skruis

      This’ll probably be a licensing restriction and a ‘toggle’ button more than anything. An 8″ tablet with a free license sold for $100 isn’t and shouldn’t expected to be functional as a desktop replacement but I agree with you….much like neutered versions of XP that could only launch a few apps at a time: it’s kind of pointless. Microsoft will probably allow you to ‘upgrade’ the license, download the desktop payload or toggle the ‘feature’.

  • Emi the Strange

    isn’t this logic? I mean… if Microosft will release a mini start menu, isn’t it logic that they disable the big one we currently have? why 2 menus… so yeah this article seems something already known.

  • SaulWeinston

    Great. More shoddy desktop apps, with .dll, readme.1st, and .ini files all over the damn place.

    Instead of pushing program development into the 21st century, we make the world safe for lazy programmers.