Windows 8.1 Boot to desktop

Build is right around the corner. It starts on April 2nd to be exact. Build is going to bring a flurry of news for the Windows Phone faithful, but there’s also going to be some cool info on Windows 8 and Xbox One. On the Windows front, here’s a new report to tide you over another few months. The next update for Windows 8.1, called Update 1, will boot straight to the desktop by default.

Windows leaker, Wzor, shared another internal build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 where “boot to desktop” is enabled by default. Speaking with internal sources at Microsoft, Tom Warren from The Verge adds that this recent change will make it as default for the consumer release of Windows 8.1 Update 1.

The reason? To make improve Windows 8 for mice and keyboard users. It’s not too hard to understand Microsoft’s reasoning for the change, but we think devices like the Surface 2 would best be served by not having boot to desktop as the default. Devices like the Surface Pro 2 or your desktop is where a change would make the most sense.

Rumometer 5

Is boot to desktop enabled by default a good move by Microsoft or a bad one? Sound off below.

Update: Mary Jo Foley has heard from sources that boot to desktop might not actually be enabled by default with Update 1 for Windows 8.1. We've since dropped the rumometer rating from an 8 down to a 5. 

Source: The Verge, Wzor