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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Good riddance
by drcouzelis on Sun 5th Feb 2012 22:35 UTC
drcouzelis
Member since:
2010-01-11

Personally, I can't stand any type of start button. I think it's because it feels like a dumping ground, where everything gets put into deeper and deeper nested menus.

As long as I'm whinging about the Windows user interface, I also hate the taskbar. The idea of having every window represented by a tiny "window" at the bottom of the screen seems silly to me.

I prefer pretty much any other type of desktop user interface, such as the interface used in CDE, Mac OS X, or even Windows 3.1. I currently use Window Maker.

Unfortunately, the start button + taskbar is so popular that there doesn't seem to be many alternative options nowadays.

Even so, for some reason I love Haiku... :-P

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RE: Good riddance
by Yagami on Sun 5th Feb 2012 23:30 in reply to "Good riddance"
Yagami Member since:
2006-07-15

Personally, I can't stand any type of start button. I think it's because it feels like a dumping ground, where everything gets put into deeper and deeper nested menus.

As long as I'm whinging about the Windows user interface, I also hate the taskbar. The idea of having every window represented by a tiny "window" at the bottom of the screen seems silly to me.


+1 on those words !

it felt like me talking ;)

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RE[2]: Good riddance
by Tuishimi on Mon 6th Feb 2012 04:11 in reply to "RE: Good riddance"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Every major UI has a "taskbar-like" paradigm, even if it isn't in a fixed bar at some portion of the screen. There has to be some way to "see" what apps are not active and might be hidden, and to bring focus back to them. Keyboard shortcuts are not enough, we are visual creatures.

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RE: Good riddance
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 6th Feb 2012 05:40 in reply to "Good riddance"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I, on the other hand, happen to like the Start menu and Taskbar concept. I also appreciate the changes to the taskbar in Windows 7 (and the ribbon, but *only* in certain programs), but I despise most of the changes forced onto users in the Start menu of Windows Vista.

My main complaint about the Start menu was always that nothing seemed to be organized... you'd have some programs making a useless "Company Name > Program Name" group to put its files, and often a readme and uninstaller would find their way there too. Which is pointless; just open the readme after install if requested, and as for uninstalling the program... that's what Add/Remove Programs was always for! Then there's this stupid separation between "all users" and current user" than is just confusing.

The Start menu was just always unorganized because software developers just had to put a folder of their name in there and load it with crap. And don't get me started on those programs that have a bunch of parts that all get dumped in different subdirectories under the folder named after their company... like Roxio and Nero.

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RE[2]: Good riddance
by kwan_e on Mon 6th Feb 2012 05:44 in reply to "RE: Good riddance"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

I, on the other hand, happen to like the Start menu and Taskbar concept. I also appreciate the changes to the taskbar in Windows 7 (and the ribbon, but *only* in certain programs), but I despise most of the changes forced onto users in the Start menu of Windows Vista.

My main complaint about the Start menu was always that nothing seemed to be organized...


Exactly. Although the change I do like is the ability to type in the program or file name to bypass the stupid organization of some start menu entries.

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