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Say Goodbye to the Start Button in Windows 8

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 09:33AM

Despite numerous complaints with the Start button's absence in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it appears that Microsoft will still push through with excluding it in the final retail version. Sources indicate that the latest build's reliance on the new UI was comfortable when used with touch-based controls, but remains a cumbersome experience for a regular desktop-based user. Most of the gripes stemmed from an unintuitive interface that left desktop users guessing on how to navigate the new Metro UI.

Microsoft's Tami Reller, CFO and marketing head for Windows and its Windows Live Division also confirmed that the ubiquitous Start Button as officially non-existent on the upcoming OS. Desktop users will instead be provided with a tutorial aimed at familiarizing themselves with the new commands of the OS, so that they won't feel "lost when they first encounter the product."

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Munkypoo7 on April 2, 2012 09:49AM
Because a start button is just so difficult to include, or at the very least the option to enable it. So far this is turning south quite quickly :\
scorpain on April 2, 2012 10:00AM
Tech needs to advance!!! I just hope it DOES advance here instead of removing and not replacing :S
DanTheGamer11 on April 2, 2012 10:09AM
It won't say goodbye back, it doesn't want to go :(
MJCRO on April 2, 2012 10:20AM
Metro UI is probably the biggest fail Microsoft has ever made. I'll be on 7 for at least another few years.
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Emi on April 2, 2012 01:12PM
is it needed? no. it can be accessed from any app, metro or desktop on the left bottom corner, so what the problem? I like windows 8 anyway, and last leaked images show Microsoft is giving desktop more metro polish.
That_Guy on April 2, 2012 04:01PM
You mean - they are ruining it even further? Yes, as far as i am concerned Start button is a must.
Muchoman1 on April 2, 2012 10:42PM
i would put windows 8 on my tablet, if possible. but on my pc, i will stick with 7 how would metro ui work in eyefinity btw?
BillyBuerger on April 3, 2012 07:00AM
Yeah, Windows 8 and the Metro thing will probably work really well with tablets and maybe simple home PCs. But I really don't see how they plan on pushing it as is for real desktop users. Having to hover then click to get to your "start menu" is not nice and neither is having everything full screen. Although I will say the Remote Desktop application finally has "tabs" where you can manage multiple RDPs at once. That's the one and only desktop improvement I've seen. But again, always full screen... Ug.
Lord_Guy on April 4, 2012 10:51PM
No start button needed? Sure, but who likes navagating trough a bunch of folders? No Start Button, no W8 for me.

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