On April 14th, MicrosoftPortal.net blogged about how the twinui.dll file found in the leaked Windows Blue Build 9364 contains code that controls whether the computer will boot directly to the desktop. If this setting in the twinui.dll file is manually patched, Windows 8 will then boot directly to the desktop. As previous builds of Windows Blue did not contain this option, it is through that Microsoft may finally be listening to their user's biggest concerns and working to fix them.
Yesterday, Mary Jo Foley reported that one of her sources has indicated that Microsoft may also be planning on adding the ability to bring back the Start menu button as part of the Windows Blue update.
At this point there is no official word from Microsoft, so we will just have to wait to see what happens in August 2013 when Windows 8.1 is released to manufacturing.
There are some great new features in Windows 8 that make it more secure and easier to troubleshoot. Bringing back the Start Menu and directly booting to the desktop may make Windows 8 a real winner.
What are your thoughts?