Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Windows 8 public preview to drop Start button

updated 01:30 pm EST, Sun February 5, 2012

Windows 8 may rely on gesture only for Start

New leaks have shown that the Windows 8 public beta, the Consumer Preview, will take the risky step of dropping the Start button in the conventional desktop. As shown on PCBeta's forums, later pre-release builds now just have the app shortcuts, running apps, and taskbar. The menu will still be available, but users will have to mouse to the relevant corner to bring it up.

It's not clear why Microsoft would be hiding the Start option in the conventional desktop. Most users won't need to see it as they'll go to the Start screen in the Metro interface. Microsoft might be aiming for some consistency, since jumping back to the Start screen with a mouse uses the same concept of an edge gesture.

As a beta, the preview release due late February isn't locked down and has room to change before Windows 8 is released to manufacturing, most likely sometime in the second half of the year. Any change may depend on how the interface change works in practice and how testers react. [via The Verge]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with swe ...

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News