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Windows RT 8.1 removes default Desktop tile on Start screen

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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

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 19:50 5

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 19:52 3

2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 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)

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 20:55

3. Muzhhur (Posts: 261; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


posted on 24 Oct 2013, 02:40

4. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:56

5. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 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

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:03

6. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 07:01

7. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 04:53

8. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)

Remove the desktop environment completely on win RT.

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