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 think you have hit the nail right on the head.
I do have fears about Windows 8. The previews have left me pretty cold. I don't really "get" Metro (which maybe explains so much of my previous comments/posts.) I guess I have the mindset of "how am I going to get my work done?" and it seems so much of the new design gets in the way of that mentality.

I think the new UI paradyme in Redmond must be as follows.

To boldy go where no other UI has gone before and get in the way of anyone doing anything useful whilst keeping the user reminded whom they are beholden to for even allowing them the priviledge of using a computer.

I just wish that there were some registry or group policy thing I could set that told the OS that get out of my face. Don't ask for admin privs for doing a directory copy and all that other crap you think you must put in place to 'protect me', I just want to get stuff done.

And there is a squadron of pigs flying over Battersea Power Station as I speak.
{In other words, fat chance of that happening}

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