PCWorld and TechHive Editor-in-Chief Jon Phillips:
There was a year-long period between the launch of Windows 8 and the release of Windows 8.1 that compelled me to thank the world for desktop applications every time I powered up my home-office PC.
Lacking a boot-to-desktop function, I started every morning with the new Start Screen staring me in the face. It was a scary, unfamiliar experience, but a click to the desktop put me back on safer footing. Hello, Chrome. Hello, HipChat client. Hello, 64-bit Photoshop. Hello games, media players, and sundry other applications and utilities. You all stuck with me when times got tough.