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Microsoft explains drop of Start button for Windows 8

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2012

Saw reduced Start menu, higher taskbar usage

Microsoft has explained why it has dropped the Start button from Windows. In an interview with PC Pro, Microsoft principal program manager Chaitanya Sareen explained why the button was removed from view for Windows 8, after it has graced the Windows desktop for the last 17 years, in favor of the Metro Start screen.

"We'd seen the trend in Windows 7," said Sareen, referring to data from the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program that showed "awesome adoption of pinning on the taskbar." Thinking by the team turned to what could be done with the Start menu to revive it. Sareen claimed "If you're going to the Start screen now, we're going to unlock a whole new set of scenarios, or you can choose not to go there, stay in the desktop, and it's still fast. You can't beat the taskbar."

There were also claims that users were taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts to open applications instead of using the Start menu, and that demonstrations of gesture controls on trackpads were failing due to early driver releases that needed further refinement.

Microsoft is still expected to release Windows 8 this October.



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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011

    +2

    Would it not be simpler -

    to admit:

    "Oops! some designer messed up and we did not notice until the press pointed it out"

    Makes a lot more sense than trying to force feed users some bull-KaKa about ergonomics of use, they clearly have lost contact with since Windows 2000.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    PURE BS

    Microsoft will force us to use Metro whether we want to or not. One of the world's richest companies can afford to maintain the start menu code base. They went out of their way to remove the code so that no one could re-enable the start menu. They are quite simply trying to leverage their desktop monoply into sales of tablets and phones. They do that put bringing Metro into view whenever possible. You see it enough and what tablet will you feel comfortable with when you are in the store?

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    PURE BS

    Microsoft will force us to use Metro whether we want to or not. One of the world's richest companies can afford to maintain the start menu code base. They went out of their way to remove the code so that no one could re-enable the start menu. They are quite simply trying to leverage their desktop monoply into sales of tablets and phones. They do that by bringing Metro into view whenever possible. You see it enough and what tablet will you feel comfortable with when you are in the store?

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011

    +1

    Re: PURE BS

    It's Ok, no need to get pissed, just do like you did when Vista came out:

    Skip it and wait for MS to figure out their stupidity, it only takes them a couple years.

    Everyone know Windows Odd numbered versions are the good ones.

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