What's New In Windows 8.1. Unlike some insurance plans we could name, the new Windows 8.1 allows the user to boot directly to the desktop, if he chooses. So, if you don't like the "new" (formerly known as Metro) user interface, with active tiles that are better navigated with a touch screen, you don't have to use it. You will, however, need to get a third party app like Start8 if you want your real Start button back. Windows 8.1 - If you like the desktop, you can keep the desktop.