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Microsoft to make Windows 8 more user-friendly

Microsoft's basic vision for Windows 8 has not changed — an operating system flexible enough to run on traditional PCs, tablets and everything in between — but the company is for the first time confirming that it is changing the software to address some of the problems people have when using it. Tami Reller, the chief marketing officer of the Windows division, revealed that updates coming later this year make the software easier to learn, especially for people running it on computers without touch screens.

"The learning curve is real and needs to be addressed," Reller said. She wouldn't get into specifics but did drop some hints.

Two of the biggest changes Microsoft made with Windows 8 was the new tile-based interface of the software and removing the decades-old start menu for launching programs. In recent weeks, tech news sites have been reporting that the start menu will be brought back.

More significantly, according to these reports, Microsoft will allow Windows users to configure their systems so they start on the traditional-looking Windows desktop. Microsoft didn't allow that initially, steering all users to the new tile interface, which is best suited for people running systems with touch screens.

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Microsoft to make Windows 8 more user-friendly 05/19/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 19, 2013 6:57pm]
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