Can Windows Blue save us? I’ve tried to be a Windows 8 evangelist. I am an early adopter and one of the few that actually liked Windows Vista, so I’m use to being laughed at and ridiculed for my choice of Operating Systems. Windows 8 has been a hard sell, however. There is simply too much negative buzz about it, and I find myself not telling people about the many great features such as the built-in antivirus, faster boot times and an improved task manager. Instead, I find myself frequently describing Windows 8 as “It’s not that bad.”

“Windows 8: It’s not that bad” is a terrible slogan.

blueSo I was thrilled when I read in a recent Verge article that Windows Blue (Windows 8.1) will likely include a boot to desktop option, but it is unclear at this point whether the Start menu itself will make a come back.

Personally, I immediately bypass the Metro start screen and go directly to the gimped Desktop each time I boot my PC. I loath having to switch back to the Metro interface to start an app. The Metro interface probably has its place on a tablet or touch screen laptop, but not on my desktop machine.

Windows 8 Blue, for those that don’t know, is a new release cycle for the Windows Operating System. It’s similar to the Mac Operating System release schedule, where annual updates are released rather than waiting a few years for the next incarnation. Windows Blue is expected to be a released to manufacturing late this summer, so those of us suffering with workarounds could find relief this fall.

Arguably, these are the top two gripes about Windows 8. The lack of the familiar Start button leaves businesses and casual users clambering for work arounds and many have simply decided their Windows 7 machine is good enough for now. Many people don’t like the fact that they are forced to boot to Metro, and are not given the choice to boot directly to the Windows desktop. The fact that the registry key “CanSuppressStartScreen” is included in the Windows 8.1 is a good sign of things to come for Windows 8.

Users should not have to install third-party tools to get the functionality that has been in previous versions of Windows. Sure, there are shortcut keys like Windows key+X that brings up an abbreviated form of the Start menu. Most users will not know about that, however, because like many Windows 8 options, Microsoft has not made it a discoverable feature.

Let us know how you feel. Do you care? If you’re still running Windows 7, could the new Windows Blue features convince you to adopt Windows 8.1? Windows 8 does have a lot of cool features. Read our Windows 8 articles to learn about them.