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[2]: Start shutdown
by kwan_e on Mon 6th Feb 2012 05:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Start shutdown"
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Not really. Most electronic devices had either an On/Off switch, which is pretty self-explanatory, or a "Power" button which--you guessed it--switches the power on or off based on its current state. Both of these make sense.

But "Start > Shut Down > OK" really doesn't make sense. Especially when Microsoft designed the Start menu to "start" just about everything you wanted to do from it. It was ironically also the place to go to restart or stop what you're doing.

It makes no sense, but well... it works. So I can't really complain. It's gotta go somewhere, I guess... and apparently no one at Microsoft felt like coming up with a better place for it. Programs, Documents, Pictures, Music, ... Shut Down? Okay... whatever.

I still don't understand the difficulty, because when you click the start button, the shutdown button is one of the first things you see. And back when everything was done through the start menu, it was hard to avoid.

Again, maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm one of those people that tend to adapt well. I work on z/OS mainframes in my day to day job and I didn't find it hard to adjust to them either. I certainly didn't understand why everyone was telling me "it's so different from what you're used to" when it was almost the same to my mind: hierarchical - just a different set of hierarchies - but still hierarchical.

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