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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by ilovebeer on Mon 6th Feb 2012 17:27 UTC
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I think removing the start menu is a horrible idea, especially if it's being replaced by a search box which requires keyboard use. There are cases where a keyboard wouldn't even need to be connected to a pc, only a mouse, so requiring a keyboard just to navigate is completely stupid.

Also, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for people to complain about the start menu being unorganized when you can arrange it however you want. I do agree that the default structures are often dumb and bloated with useless crap (like links to README files and uninstall as someone else pointed out). But, if it's that big of a problem for 'you', you can change it to your liking.

I don't believe there's a universal (g)ui that works well for both touchscreen input and keyboard/mouse input. They're not the same thing and trying to treat them as if they are is a mistake.

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