Microsoft highlights start button return at Build

The start button will be back in Microsoft's next Windows release, though it's not the feature it was before Windows 8.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer highlighted the return of the start button on Windows 8 at its Build developers conference Wednesday in San Francisco.

The news got a round of applause from the audience, but it may not be everything users had hoped for . Ballmer said users can also boot to the desktop and the Start screen has been tweaked to see many applications at a glance.

Check out CNET's review of Windows 8.1 here and read more news from the conference on CNET's live blog.

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