Microsoft unveils why it killed the Start button in Windows 8

Many people around the world were hugely disappointed with the yet unreleased Windows 8 OS when they found out Microsoft had dropped the famous Start button. But have you asked yourself why Microsoft did it? Surely, but now you have an official response. Read on!

Apparently the US-based software giant lost the Start button on its way to Windows 8 because people had stopped using it in Windows 7 with studies showing most people preferred to pin icons on the taskbar rather than click on the Start button to access programs.

“We’d seen the trend in Windows 7,” said Chaitanya Sareen, principal program manager at Microsoft, referring to the telemetry gathered by the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. “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?”

Windows 8 Logo

“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.”

Like it or not this is the reason you won’t be using the popular Start button in Windows 8.

At the same time Mr. Sareen said the Metro interface is not better suited for portable devices, although there are some problems with it right now due to unpolished drivers. According to him the Metro interface “really works well with the mouse and keyboard”.

Windows 8 is expected to come out in October 2012.


Source: PCPro.co.uk

Related posts

Sharp Introduces 2nd Edition AQUOS DX Series LCD TV with Built-In Blu-ray Disc Recorder

Sharp Introduces 2nd Edition AQUOS DX Series LCD TV with Built-In Blu-ray Disc Recorder

Sharp Corporation will introduce 13 new models (in 26V-, 32V-, 40V-, 46V-, and 52V-inch sizes*1) of the AQUOS DX Series LCD TV with built-in Blu-ray Disc recorder. Since being launched in November 2008, the DX Series has enjoyed high praise and brisk sales for all-in-one convenience offering...

Radeon HD 8550M graphics card seen in ASUS laptop

The next generation of AMD HD graphics cards is still somewhere in the future – or so AMD says – but some sharp eyes have seen the yet unannounced Radeon HD 8550M graphics card installed in a certain ASUS laptop – the ASUS VivoBook U38DT-R3001H – that you can now pre-order...

ASUS launches ROG GX1000 gaming mouse

ASUS has launched a new gaming mouse – the ROG GX1000. The new gaming mouse comes with impressive hardware inside and very high precision sensors, making it a dream for any gamer out there. Here’s a quick specs list – the wired ROG GX1000 is a laser mouse with a sensor that...

Leave a comment