Keep the Back Button in Windows Phone 8.1
I just read from Winsupersite that there is a good chance the back button will be removed from Windows Phone 8.1 hardware. I would like to request the back and search buttons stay in WP8.1 I find the back button incredibly useful and cannot imagine using a Windows Phone without it. I use it in apps to go back, which would otherwise require a software button, wasting on-screen space (similar to how apps now need an in-app button to search in-app, when the hardware button used to do that for us).
Please do not remove the Back Button from WP 8.1! If this were removed, I would rather go back to a feature phone or a much simpler phone, and just use my desktop when I need internet connectivity or applications.
The back button serves an excellent purpose within the phone and OS. It is also a differentiator from another well known platform that doesn't have one. Why remove it?