Start button has been spotted in the latest development version of Windows 8.1. Here at DomainsFoundry we’ve decided to take a look at all the past Windows start buttons Microsoft has created.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Start Button and Past Start Buttons
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Start Button and past Windows Start Buttons

Microsoft Windows 8 removed the Start button with it’s shift to Metro and the Start Screen. This looks set to change with the release of Windows 8.1, the first major update to Windows 8, where Microsoft will reverse their decision and bow to public pressure to re-include the famous button that has been included with every version of Microsoft Windows since 1995.

Here at DomainsFoundry we think this is a great decision by Microsoft and we’ve decided to take a quick look back at all the versions of the start button Microsoft have produced.

History of the Windows Start Button

Windows 95, 98 & Me

August 24th 1995: Windows 95 introduced the world to the start button. The button remained unchanged for Windows 98 and Me.

August 24th 1995: Windows 95 introduced the world to the start button. The button remained unchanged for Windows 98 and Me.

Windows XP

August 24, 2001: Windows XP brought the first redesign to the Start button and menu.

August 24, 2001: Windows XP brought the first redesign to the Start button and menu.

Windows Vista/7

November 8, 2006: Windows Vista introduced the new Aero interface with a new start button and menu. The Aero design continued to be used in Windows 7.

November 8, 2006: Windows Vista introduced the new Aero interface with a new start button and menu. The Aero design continued to be used in Windows 7.

Windows 8

August 1, 2012: Microsoft removes the Start button and introduces a Start screen.

August 1, 2012: Microsoft removes the Start button and introduces a Start screen.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 is set for a public preview release on the 26th June 2013. Check DomainsFoundry Twitter for regular updates on Windows 8.1 news, tips and features.

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