Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 12:24 UTC
Windows "Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well." When you buy a new machine later this year, you will use Metro, an environment wholly inferior, incomplete, and not at all ready to replace the traditional desktop in any way, shape, or form. Whether you like it or not.
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Not sure what the fuss is here...
by znby on Thu 31st May 2012 15:18 UTC
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Microsoft decided quite some time ago that they were going to get rid of a number of the legacy UI aspects of Windows in Win 8. Like a lot of people out there, I think it would have been better if MS gave us the option to have them around, but given that MS has decided to kill off them off, this move makes perfect sense - why would they keep around code for features they want to get rid of? It's quite simple - if MS thought there was some merit in having these features, they would let users access them as normal. Otherwise, they should clear their code base out of un-needed code for maintainability purposes.

Basically what I'm saying is, the battle was lost when MS decided that the option to use these features should not be provided to the user, which happened quite a few months ago. Irrespective of how much/little sense that choice was, this particular move is the logical thing to do in light of that decision. Relying on deprecated code and third party hacks was never really going to be a satisfactory solution, especially for businesses.

Edited 2012-05-31 15:21 UTC

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MollyC Member since:

I suspect some devs will create a start menu from scratch, one that doesn't rely on Microsoft's deprecated code. And you're right, any development strategy that relies on on the ability to hack deprecated code is folly.

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