Friday, June 21, 2024

The reason why Windows 8 has no Start Menu

The Start Button has been the integral part of the Windows Operating System right from the start. But with the announcement of Windows 8 and the new Metro based Start Screen meant that the Start Button has to die.
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The removal of start button has been facing criticism from the fanboys and the enthusiasts all over the web and many workarounds to bring back the conventional Start Button on Windows 8 have been made. But the question remained,”why did Microsoft Remove the Start Button?”,what was the main reason behind the killing of Start Button? before going into the reason, just answer the below poll to voice your opinion
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The reason behind the removal

Recently PCPro had a chance to speak with Chaitanya Sareen, principal program manager at Microsoft.Talking about the information gathered during the Consumer Experience Improvement program they discovered that,

“When we evolved the taskbar we saw awesome adoption of pinning [applications] on the taskbar. We are seeing people pin like crazy. And so we saw the Start menu usage dramatically dropping, and that gave us an option. We’re saying ‘look, Start menu usage is dropping, what can we do about it? What can we do with the Start menu to revive it, to give it some new identity, give it some new power?”

“So I’m a desktop user, I pin the browser, Explorer, whatever my apps are. I don’t go the Start menu as often. If you’re going to the Start screen now, we’re going to unlock a whole new set of scenarios, or you can choose not to go there, stay in the desktop, and it’s still fast. You can’t beat the taskbar.”

He added to that by saying that people are now making use of the keyboard shortcuts to open up an application quickly which is pinned to the taskbar to avoid the usage of Start Menu,suggesting that this is a quicker and better way to do things.So its totally upto the person using the resources the right way to make him/her feel comfortable with it.

You may never know With the release of Windows 8 people might get used to this idea and it would eventually work out great if the findings of Consumer Experience Improvements programs are indeed true.If not there is always a enthusiast trying out some workarounds or making his own!

Source: PCPro | Windows8beta

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