In its bid to close the gap between desktop PCs and mobile devices, Microsoft introduced a new touch-based UI on Windows 8 with a prominent Start Menu splashed across the screen. But according to a report on TheVerge, the Redmond-based software giant is reportedly set to include a dual-boot option for users who want to switch to the traditional Windows UI, when it introduces Windows Blue update to Windows 8 later this year. Also Read - Windows Blue update officially renamed as Windows 8.1, to be available for free on Windows Store
Though many users welcomed the Start screen as the central hub of the OS, there is still a huge faction of users who want the option to switch to the traditional UI and continue using Windows with a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft seems to be trying to keep everyone happy with the dual-boot option. According to the report, many of the features will still remain even when a user switches to the desktop mode. The hot corner functionality that is required to access the Charms and the Start Screen will remain in both the modes.
To recap on what we know about Windows Blue, a set of leaked screenshots gave a glimpse into what we can expect on the new OS. Besides continuing with the Live Tiles feature, Blue gives users a number of customization for its Start Menu and also boasts of an updated side-by-side app view, which now allows up to 4 apps to be displayed and used together on the screen. The settings menu too has been given a tweak so that the mobile OS users won t need to delve in the Windows Control Panel every time to make any changes.