Microsoft Removing Start Orb Button In Windows 8

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2012 - 11:19 AM |
Tagged: windows 8, windows, start orb, start button, microsoft, crazy

Microsoft is continuing full steam ahead with Windows 8 development where they axe many of the familiar features of previous Windows iterations. According to a post over at The Verge, the latest feature to get removed is the start button of all things. In the "Consumer Preview" version of the upcoming operating system, users will be greeted with a desktop that shows application icons and the Super Bar, but no start button in sight.

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Oddly enough, they are removing the Start button in favor of a small area in the lower left of the screen that, when hovered over with a mouse or swiped over on a touchscreen, a Windows 8 charm (small menu) will appear along with a thumbnail preview of the mode that will be switched to upon clicking the element. For example, when you are in the Metro Start Screen mode, hovering over this area would show a small preview of the full Windows desktop and vice versa.

I'm a bit confused by this move as it doesn't really add anything to the experience, and makes the start "button" hover area harder to hit and find. Tech support people are likely crying now, as it is difficult enough to get people to click on the start button much less have the patience to hover over an area or perform a swipe action in the lower left of the screen! Not to mention that the start button has been a signature of the Microsoft operating system since Windows 95.  At least the Windows key (i hope) still works as expected, but it seems like a non sensical move.  How do you guys feel about the change?  Will you be keeping your relatives and/or employees on Windows 7 (heh)?

Source: The Verge
February 6, 2012 | 04:31 PM - Posted by TonyC (not verified)

Wow - what is the point of this? This is an operating system not a toilet where a hand wave is more hygienic than a physical touch..... Is it cooler? Maybe that's it - it's kind of cooler. Fine. But how about giving the option to turn the button on just like we could still have the classic style start menu. Options, people - options. That is the real differentiation between Win and Mac at the end of the day....

February 7, 2012 | 01:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Don't like the lack of a Start Button, so I'll stay with Win7 Pro x64.

February 7, 2012 | 08:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dont like the idea of new things, will bitch about change from this cave right here ;)

March 4, 2012 | 06:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Its too early to tell how this will work out. Win8 so far is extremely awkward. I hope MS pulls the rabbit from the hat on this one.

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