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 nbensa
by nbensa on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:10 UTC
nbensa
Member since:
2005-08-29

"a hot corner has replaced the Start button orb"

So Microsoft is copying Gnome Shell this time.

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RE: Comment by nbensa
by voodoo123 on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:17 in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
voodoo123 Member since:
2011-03-24

It does appear that they are once again copying Linux window managers. Win7 felt much like KDE when I first used it and Win8 is much in the direction of Gnome shell. I do feel like Gnome is still much more suited to multitasking than Win8 is. That may be just a personal opinion and not a fact, but Gnome shell still lets you work around a task bar much more readily and gives a better view/easier access to what is currently running.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Microsoft does with Win8 in the near future with the beta though, as I really do want to see if they can work the kinks out of the new Metro interface. At current, I see it nothing more than a gimmick for a PC window manager. On a tablet it will work great, but not on my desktop, or anyone's desktop that really needs to get a lot of work done.

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RE[2]: Comment by nbensa
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by nbensa"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Win7 felt much like KDE when I first used it and Win8 is much in the direction of Gnome shell.


Uh... What? Where do you people GET this stuff?

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RE: Comment by nbensa
by ilovebeer on Mon 6th Feb 2012 00:16 in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

"a hot corner has replaced the Start button orb"

So Microsoft is copying Gnome Shell this time.

Using hot corners and mouse hovering/mouseover to activate items is neither new, nor thanks to Gnome.. Sorry to rain on your parade.

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RE[2]: Comment by nbensa
by TusharG on Mon 6th Feb 2012 03:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by nbensa"
TusharG Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the metro interface is definitely unique by MS it was not used by any of the open source project, while I remember I used ribbon interface way back in 2001 in one of the KDE's app.
On start button removal... I will say change is the only persistent thing! Because of change, we have much stable Windows 7 OS. Also MS has to keep improving and changing cause competition is not going to sit quite.

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RE: Comment by nbensa
by japh on Wed 8th Feb 2012 07:38 in reply to "Comment by nbensa"
japh Member since:
2005-11-11

"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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