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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Good riddance
by drcouzelis on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:35 UTC
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Personally, I can't stand any type of start button. I think it's because it feels like a dumping ground, where everything gets put into deeper and deeper nested menus.

As long as I'm whinging about the Windows user interface, I also hate the taskbar. The idea of having every window represented by a tiny "window" at the bottom of the screen seems silly to me.

I prefer pretty much any other type of desktop user interface, such as the interface used in CDE, Mac OS X, or even Windows 3.1. I currently use Window Maker.

Unfortunately, the start button + taskbar is so popular that there doesn't seem to be many alternative options nowadays.

Even so, for some reason I love Haiku... :-P

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