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: Good Riddance!
by r_a_trip on Mon 6th Feb 2012 10:14 UTC in reply to "Good Riddance!"
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Yelling "dumbing down" isn't productive, but just taking any old change as gospel isn't either.

The developer preview of Windows 8 was akward to use on a non-touch screen device. It simply doesn't lend itself for smooth mouse interaction. I can see the ease of use when you can flick through it with touch control, but my guess is that widespread use of touch desktops will not materialize before or after the launch of Windows 8.

Of course people will rail against the replacement of a finetuned, well worked through paradigm by what seems to be an unfinished experiment. After the launch of Windows 8, whatever MS has tacked on, is what you will be stuck with in the future.

I don't really get the return to dumping all icons on the desktop and calling it new. They just enlarged them to fit back to back. Yes, they are "live", which makes them a cross between icons and desktop gadgets. I've never really cared for either of 'em, a cross between them the least.

Not that I ultimately care. I'm happily using Gnome 3 with Cinnamon at home. Windows 8 will one day be rolled out on the machines at my employer and if it works or not, I'll have to make do with it then. Before that, I can just cynically wonder where all these brave new desktops will lead to.

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