More leaked information has come to light for the next update for Windows 8.1, expected to be launched by Microsoft in early April.
This means that the Metro-style tiled touch-optimised Start screen would be bypassed entirely during startup. At the moment, you can specify this as an option, but the default remains the Start screen.
If accurate, this is a sizeable shift away from Microsoft's touching vision of the future and would seem to indicate that the company recognises that a large number of uses still prefer a mouse and keyboard, even when working with a touch-enabled laptop or desktop.
Given that the last crop of 8.1 update rumours pointed to a, a desktop default doesn't seem too unlikely. As always, we'll have to wait until Microsoft formally unveils the update in April.