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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RE: bad bad idea
by n4cer on Mon 6th Feb 2012 06:51 UTC in reply to "bad bad idea"
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Its one thing for a Gnome like interface for people like us. We know what we are looking for. But what about all the computer illiterate people out there or people who use other's computers frequently. How the heck do I find a program by text if I don't know what I am looking for? Thats the whole point of nested menus. A logical grouping that can be viewed showing all choices. This is going to be REALLY bad for the 90% of users who don't understand that firefox is an internet browser the same as chrome, safari, ie. I have F16 with gnome and when I type internet browser into the app search engine I get nothing.

Either start typing at the Start screen or choose Search, and a listing of all installed apps appears, grouped similarly to how they would be in the Start Menu.

Only alphabetical sorting made it into the Developer Preview:

The Beta (Consumer Preview) also groups by what would be a folder in the Start menu, similar to this:

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