With Windows 8, there are two distinct environments, Metro
and the classic desktop. While each interface offers its own set of unique advantages, one option you won't have, according to Mary Jo Foley
, is the ability to select which environment you boot into.
The post over at Zdnet
and confirmed by Rafael Rivera
(who has a new Windows 8 Secrets book out too
), states that you cannot boot directly into the desktop experience and instead are forced to the new tiled interface. Of course, there are ways you can work around this and there are several keyboard shortcuts to get you back to the desktop as quickly as possible, but the idea that you cannot select where you boot too is a bit disappointing.