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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I hav ethe key word is "Consumer"
by garf on Sun 5th Feb 2012 21:35 UTC
garf
Member since:
2009-01-02

I really hope that this is only for the "Home" style versions of winodws, and the Corporate, or Professional versions still have this start menu...

I use the start menu all the time at work... I have all my normal programs pined to the task bar, and my sometimes programs pinned to the start menu... I also like how I can pin frequently used files to the sub menu of those pinned programs (For example I have the RDP client pinned, and then in the sub menu the comptuers I frequently RDP into)... This means that I only have to go back to my desktop for rare things that I need to do...

If I hate going back to the desktop, I sure as hell am going to hate going to the stupid "Metro" interface to get things...

It's been said before, since when is removing good features moving computing forward? It's more like dumbing it down...

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voodoo123 Member since:
2011-03-24

For my style of computing the Metro interface is horrible. I hate having icons on my desktop, much less the Metro interface, where the only place to house anything is all over the screen in huge tiles. This will make things go from neat and organized to cluttered and messy. Hopefully, as you said, Enterprise editions will be more traditional since this is the only place that I use Windows any more. Also, I can not see the Metro interface being productive any time in the near future for actual work purposes. This will make the PC into a glorified tablet that makes work almost impossible to get done.

Maybe I am overreacting, but at this moment and with what I have seen from Win8 I cannot help but feel Microsoft is taking a step too far in the wrong direction without giving people a life raft to hold onto.

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matthekc Member since:
2006-10-28

This is going to be hilarious... I am so glad I don't work supporting home PC users anymore.

Edited 2012-02-06 00:35 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I use the start menu all the time at work... I have all my normal programs pined to the task bar, and my sometimes programs pinned to the start menu... I also like how I can pin frequently used files to the sub menu of those pinned programs


Yeah, I don't care if they remove the start menu, but I hope they have some kind of 'launcher' in there for classic desktop. Granted, I know there's probably about 15 dozen different apps you can install for this, but in corporate environments where you're not allowed to install any software, the start menu is still a nice place to pin apps that you don't want pinned to the task bar.

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