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: Good Riddance!
by dvhh on Tue 7th Feb 2012 05:04 UTC in reply to "Good Riddance!"
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the windows 95 start button was badly designed in term of usability (putting the hit zone a few pixel from the corner was a bad idea).
And after a few installs the start menu could be a few screen in heights.

The windows XP menu mitigated with a search field, but still.

Personnally I don't think that mac OSX or iOS are good in that regards, and unfortunately windows 8 seems to be heading that direction.

I agree that the windows start is great for discoverability and less invasive than the "program manager", but perhaps a new path is the key to find a good replacement.

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