As a Windows 8 user, I found this interesting. http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-win...-the-start-button-boot-to-desktop-7000014075/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034727/windows-blue-may-bring-back-boot-to-desktop-start-button.html Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) will most likely bring back the start bar and the desktop, as an option. Still, I could not find any information whether original Windows 8 users will be entitled to a free upgrade. Personally, I use a Windows start-bar 3rd-party add-on to accomplish this. But I would welcome an official option....as Metro SUCKS!