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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RE: Comment by nbensa
by voodoo123 on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:17 UTC in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
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It does appear that they are once again copying Linux window managers. Win7 felt much like KDE when I first used it and Win8 is much in the direction of Gnome shell. I do feel like Gnome is still much more suited to multitasking than Win8 is. That may be just a personal opinion and not a fact, but Gnome shell still lets you work around a task bar much more readily and gives a better view/easier access to what is currently running.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Microsoft does with Win8 in the near future with the beta though, as I really do want to see if they can work the kinks out of the new Metro interface. At current, I see it nothing more than a gimmick for a PC window manager. On a tablet it will work great, but not on my desktop, or anyone's desktop that really needs to get a lot of work done.

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