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The Start Button Removed in Latest Windows 8 Build

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 08:25AM

The Start button, that familiar desktop selection first glimpsed in Windows 95, may cease to exist in the final version of Windows 8. As it stands, it has disappeared in the latest Windows 8 consumer build, which can be seen in leaked screenshots replaced with a "super bar." Earlier Windows 8 builds streamlined the Start button to match the Metro interface, but according to reports, Microsoft has been mulling over the decision to scrap the Start button indefinitely. Despite that, the functionality of the Start button hasn't disappeared entirely. It is reported that there will still be a hot corner, which when hovered with your cursor or with a finger swipe, will let you access navigation windows and offer thumbnail previews. This is an effort to provide a more consistent experience between the traditional desktop mode and the Metro UI environment. While this might be jarring to people used to the traditional Start button, the super bar will let users pin favorite shortcuts from desktop applications.

Another gripe some users have with Windows 8 is its apparent focus on touch input and the Metro UI, with the new UI reportedly being an uncomfortable experience when used with a keyboard and mouse, although Microsoft has promised to address that in an upcoming Consumer Preview.  

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AlexWarren on February 7, 2012 08:39AM
I do IT support for an office of old people. When we eventually upgrade to Win 8 people are going to freaking lose their minds.
Muchoman1 on February 7, 2012 08:42AM
I disapprove of windows 8 at this point in time. I wonder if it will be vista all over again where people boycott it in favour of the older model
AlexWarren on February 7, 2012 08:52AM
I agree. All this emphasis on cross platform development is going to hinder it just like cross platform developed games. The touchpad version will work great, but it will be stupid to have the same thing on a desktop that has a different interface and capabilities.
DrDigitized2 on February 7, 2012 09:46AM
I feel for you Alex. I really do.
Lord_Guy on February 7, 2012 10:51AM
Can I get a start button add-on? That's my main point of reference. I'll flip if it's not there one the desktop version. Tablet, not so much.
DrDigitized2 on February 7, 2012 11:56AM
I wonder if you can still use that start button on your keyboard. I hate that button!
MJCRO on February 7, 2012 04:23PM
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Windows 8, but yes, from a Network Admin. standpoint, new users will pluck their eyes out because the classic Start button is gone! Haha.

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