Microsoft will respond to criticisms of the Windows 8 operating system with its Windows 8.1 release, allowing users to easily revert to the "classic" Windows desktop, rather than the "tiles" introduced with last year's rollout of the new OS. The "Start" button seen on the Windows desktop for the past 18 years is a goner, however; it's being replaced by a Windows logo that will let users toggle between the old-school desktop and the new application tiles.

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