Paul Thurrott, regarding what he’s heard about Windows Phone 8.1:
No more Back button. Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft
will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone
hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn’t
make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by
pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they
do on iPhone. And the “back stack” is ill-understood by users:
Most don’t realize what they’re doing when they repeatedly hit
the Back button.
Yours truly on hardware back buttons, last year:
When it does exactly what you expect, the system-wide Back button
is convenient. But when it doesn’t, it’s maddening.
★ Wednesday, 9 October 2013