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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Comment by orestes
by orestes on Sun 5th Feb 2012 20:10 UTC
orestes
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2005-07-06

The more I see of Windows 8 the more I think their design specs involved taking a screenshot of Metro and a screenshot of Windows 7 and stapling them together. The UI is so disjointed it's not even funny. It's like they heard what Gnome 3 and Apple were starting to do and decided midstream they wanted to copy it, with precisely none of the smoothness either of those environments possess.

On the plus side, if Win 8 crashes and burns spectacularly it may just be the firm kick in the teeth the tablet overype squad needs to be jolted back into objective reality.

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RE: Comment by orestes
by Yoko_T on Wed 8th Feb 2012 11:46 in reply to "Comment by orestes"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

The more I see of Windows 8 the more I think their design specs involved taking a screenshot of Metro and a screenshot of Windows 7 and stapling them together. The UI is so disjointed it's not even funny. It's like they heard what Gnome 3 and Apple were starting to do and decided midstream they wanted to copy it, with precisely none of the smoothness either of those environments possess.

On the plus side, if Win 8 crashes and burns spectacularly it may just be the firm kick in the teeth the tablet overype squad needs to be jolted back into objective reality.


What smoothness are you talking about here? The smoothness of the device containg *ANY* of these environments as it flies through the air after you hurled it across the room?

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RE[2]: Comment by orestes
by orestes on Wed 8th Feb 2012 13:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by orestes"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Speak for yourself. Gnome 3 may not have all the functions of Gnome 2 re-implemented yet, but the core paradigm they're going for has been executed extremely well. 3.0 was the smoothest "point zero" release I've seen in well over a decade of using Linux in one form or another. Most everything that was implemented makes sense within the metaphor they were shooting for. Things flow smoothly if you work with the design instead of trying to bend it into something else that it clearly isn't.

Am I saying everyone should like it? Nope, couldn't give a damn less what the rest of the world uses to be honest. It's all personal preference anyway. What I am saying is people need to learn to look at designs and intents outside of their own personal biases and preferences.

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