A number of new rumours have surfaced that suggest Microsoft may provide an option to allow users to boot straight to the desktop in Windows 8, instead of booting to the 'Modern UI'. Microsoft may also add a traditional Windows start menu in order to allow users to bypass the UI entirely. These changes would come as part of the Windows Blue update for Windows 8, which is due for release in August this year. It is worth noting, however, that these changes were not initially noted as being part of the Windows Blue update when information about the update was leaked back in 2012.
This report has not been confirmed by either Microsoft or any of its its affiliates, but Microsoft's hand may have been forced in the light of reportedly poor sales of the operating system last year. Adding the start button to Windows 8 would not be the first time the Windows development team has modified the OS based on user feedback. Microsoft changed the UAC feature in Windows 7 based on complaints from its Windows Vista user base.