Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 12:10 UTC
Windows The Verge confirms an earlier story by Mary Jo Foley. "Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar."
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RE[4]: Even if they do...
by WereCatf on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 19:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Even if they do..."
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I find it curious that you choose not to even address the relevant stats, not to challenge them on any basis other than some unsupported astro turfing claim which is characteristic of your lack of objectivity to the subject matter.

Well, let me say something: Microsoft only gathered statistics on how often and when the Start-button was clicked, but not the reason for this. The most likely reason for someone clicking the button was to find one or another item there that's used rarely and therefore makes little sense to have visible at all times.

The problem? With the Start - screen you get either everything visible or you have to resort to search and, well, you may not always know how the item you're looking for is actually titled. The hierarchical menu of the old Start - menu made it easy to hide the items you didn't need often, but still if you needed something it was easy enough to check all the hierarchies available -- ie. Start-menu folders -- and dig in there to find the items in question you're looking for.

To give something of a more concrete example of what I mean would be e.g. a situation where you wish to adjust the settings of your USB-soundcard, but you can't remember what the utilities are named as or even how many different tools and utilities there are. So, you pop Start-menu open, open the full list of the items and look for the familiar name -- in my case, Creative -- and look under that.

Basically, Start-menu makes it easier to find stuff when you don't know what to search for. Search only works if your search query works.

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