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: Comment by nbensa
by japh on Wed 8th Feb 2012 07:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
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"a hot corner has replaced the Start button orb"

So Microsoft is copying Gnome Shell this time.

I don't care who they're copying or not copying. What they are doing ISN'T removing the start button. They're just making it invisible.

How is that an improvement? Everyone who isn't familiar with computers will now have to look for hidden spots that does something. The point with GUI:s is that you are supposed to see what you can do.

Also, in the developer preview, the "hot corner" does things even when I'm doing other things. Like playing a game in full-screen, which isn't helpful at all.

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