The start button is set to make a return as part of the Windows 8.1 update nicknamed Windows Blue. The start button has been included in every version of Windows since 95, and its exclusion in Windows 8 was one of the major gripes with the upgrade.
Removing the start button changed the way users navigated through the operating system, therefore making it feel alien to many. As a replacement Microsoft introduced a start screen displaying all applications as tiles, this was aimed at easing the integration process with the operating system and mobile devices. However as a response to negative feedback Microsoft have done a U-turn and brought back the popular feature.
The start button in the Windows Blue update will take users to a grid of applications, creating a very similar experience as there has been in the past. Other improvements in the update include the addition of Microsoft’s latest browser Internet Explorer 11 and vastly improved search functionality.