Windows RT 8.1 removes default Desktop tile on Start screen

Windows RT 8.1 removes default Desktop tile on Start screen
This move really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone out there who has even a passing knowledge of Windows RT and the place Microsoft wants it to hold in the Windows ecosystem. But, Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows RT 8.1 update does indeed remove the default Desktop tile from the Start screen on devices, although the tile can be put back if the user wants.

The aim here is quite clear though - Microsoft wants to keep RT users in the Metro world. This makes perfect sense, and frankly we have always wondered why Microsoft even included the traditional desktop on Windows RT. Seeing the traditional desktop gives the impression that the device will work just like any other Windows machine and run the same programs that you're used to, but that is not the way Windows RT works. 

Windows RT is designed to be the bridge between Windows Phone and Windows 8, and to leverage the (small, but growing) Metro app ecosystem available for the platform. Of course, there are rumors that Windows Phone is going to be merged, or possibly replace Windows RT altogether, and we have to wonder if there is any place for the traditional desktop on tablets after that move happens. 

source: WinSupersite



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'm guessing that the major issue Microsoft had with Windows RT 8.1 was actually the desktop more so then anything, jk but Microsoft, please concentrate on the app ecosystem and push out some high end exclusive games for RT... Wait never mind...

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Tegra 4 or quad core baytrail... I will take the baytrail that can run real windows (emulators, Older/easy to run PC games, any x86 application, etc)

3. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012


4. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

since the Desktop on the Windows RT and Surface 2 do not function like a desktop on a PC or the tablet PC the Surface Pro. many have felt it was a fake desktop and should have never been there in the first place. now the Surface 2, Surface Rt and the Nokia 2520 will truly be a Tablet not a hybrid like the MS "Surface Pro" is.

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

the 2520 and surface RT wont be any different. only the desktops default "pinned" status is changing. the desktop will still be there and be just the same

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

one of windows RT's biggest advantages over the other true tablet OS's is its file management; bought on by the desktop. IOS doesn't have file management capabilities or a USB port, but android does have these capabilities, with the desktop windows RT does it so much better. Having multiple windows open and dragging and dropping are only possible on the desktop, same with true system access. it may not be able to run legacy apps, but the desktop gives RT the power and versatility within windows that others lack.

7. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Honestly if the Office team had a full touch version of the Office suite available for RT, users wont have to visit the desktop at all.. They have done a great job with OneNote Touch, cant understand why they cant do the same for the rest

8. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Remove the desktop environment completely on win RT.

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