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: R.I.P. Windows Start Menu...
by Dr.Mabuse on Mon 6th Feb 2012 04:25 UTC in reply to "R.I.P. Windows Start Menu..."
Dr.Mabuse
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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!


Too true, IMHO - It was a pretty big step-up from just about anything that was available on an affordable home computer at the time.

I was still an Amiga user, and I remember not thinking to kindly of Windows 3.x and DOS, but 95' was a revelation, and a 486 dx2 with a vesa local bus graphics card - it really ran very well too. This was of course the key, to find hardware (drivers) that ran right with it.

Now days, I use Windows 7 for the desktop, but I find the revised start menu is just too busy. It certainly isn't always intuitive to use. The simplicity of the old menu was lost, but overall the operating system is still nice to use.

I do have fears about Windows 8. The previews have left me pretty cold. I don't really "get" Metro (which maybe explains so much of my previous comments/posts.) I guess I have the mindset of "how am I going to get my work done?" and it seems so much of the new design gets in the way of that mentality.

The old interface just plain works - I think Microsoft is not always aware of the assets it actually possesses, especially while it's "chasing" it's competitors.

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