Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2012 19:15 UTC
Windows For all intents and purposes, this is only a minor change, and were this any other operating system or graphical environment, it would never warrant an entire news item. However, we're talking Windows, the most popular desktop operating system of all time, here. After 17 years of trusty service, Microsoft has removed the Start button from the taskbar in the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8.
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R.I.P. Windows Start Menu...
by cmost on Sun 5th Feb 2012 21:15 UTC
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To me this is a major news item. I remember waiting in line outside my local Best Buy on the morning of Windows 95's debut launch. I found Windows new interface to be a big step up from that of Win 3.1. When Windows NT adopted it with version 4.0 I quickly moved to that. It was exciting times! Of course since then, I've bid Windows adieu when I made the permanent switch to Linux around 2003 or so. If I had a nickel for every time I instructed a computer novice who has having computer problems to click the start menu... I would be a wealthy man. I sure hope Microsoft knows what it's doing with Metro. I must have missed the memo stating that most people are using tablets and touch interfaces instead of traditional desktops and laptops. May our beloved Start Menu rest in pieces...

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