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 Luminair
by Luminair on Mon 6th Feb 2012 21:19 UTC
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this is a big deal despite what some here have said. win8 this year is the biggest thing for them since 95. it is going to be on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers, and except for servers it is all metro. metro metro metro.

that said yes they are retarded for replacing menus with a list. this is the new programs menu: less a menu, and more a list that scrolls to the right for... forever

the goal here is to simplify what is already the most simple gui element. so the result is nothing. everything is just flat lists like rocks on the ground. obviously this is retarded for power users. but they'll move up from this rock bottom, and we'll hack the desktop to work for us in the mean time. classicshell here we come

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