Microsoft Exec: You Use The Taskbar, So We Killed The Start Button In Windows 8

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Engelsstaub

Where on Maximum PC are you reading this "wet with anticipation" over Apple's doings?? I can't think of any staff or more than a few regular commentators who are even passive admirers of Apple.

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Stormfuror

The Windows 8 beta is complete rubbish! You don't know how much you use the Start button until its not there. I'm probably going to skip Windows 8 and wait until Windows 9... unless it is a requirement for PC games of course. But I don't see that happening because that would really hurt PC game sales.

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eastbayrae

Adapt and overcome, son!

You actually think Win 9 will just all of a sudden drop the new UI they spent millions and years on? lol, um no.

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DoctorX

give me a freaking break... I have used the cp since it came out as my os and i HATE HATE HATE metro. I have worked around it completely by classic shell and it works fine. Too many people having problem with RP for me to load it full time, but after i finish ressurecting my whs server, I will load it on a spare drive. But what i seen in a vm.... I may just go back to win7.... which is a damn shame. Take metro away, and this was easily 20% faster on my (which is a hexacore).

What is probably going to be the nail in the coffin is media center looking to be abandoned and neutered. What a shame.

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praetor_alpha

BS. I doubt that most of Windows' user base knows that things can be pinned to the taskbar, and is even unaware of the search box in the start menu.

At home, I have my taskbar kicked to the left side, and only has the 4 things I use most pinned to it. Outside of those, I really can't justify anything else constantly taking up screen space because nothing else is open more than ~20% of the time. I use the start menu constantly, mostly for its search box to sift through the labyrinth of folders underneath it.

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TechGoudy

I have a few things pinned on my taskbar, but it's really not that significant or helpful, although I have heard that by pinning certain websites to the taskbar it increases the speed in which the websites pop-up. (Although I haven't tried it myself yet.)

I work in IT and we use Windows 7. I do not see our employees or students (I work for a community college) using the taskbar as often as Microsoft makes it seem. I mean even if an ofice application is on the start menu most students and employees will still click the desktop icon or navigate to it through the start menu.

The start button in my opinion was not something I ever saw leaving Windows. It was a one stop shop to everything and on an even bigger note, it was Microsofts "Signature" (at least in my opinion)

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DoctorX

i agree.. ms says they have all these metrics... How do they get these metrics? By the big brother software that any power user or admin disables. They are not getting the big picture.

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praetor_alpha

Indeed, the start menu is a literal cornerstone of Windows. It is just too useful to omit.

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siramic

Yes, it's like their OS icon, I use it frequently.

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loozer

Nah. I use the start menu to launch most of my programs. The "metro" start screen actually works surprisingly well, and isn't as different from the old start menu as some people think.

I need my aero though...

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Supall

I can actually understand the taskbar usage being higher. At work, I use the taskbar like crazy to pin the icons there and the shortcuts to directories that I need to access all the time. And if you think about it, most people do it because it can be a pain to sift through the start menu's list of folders. Pinning the ones you use all the time makes more sense and searching for the ones you don't frequently use makes it easier.

I don't believe the use of shortcuts contributing, though.

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Engelsstaub

Doen't it seem pretty likely that some third-party app is going to come along and serve the same function of the Start Button? IDK...I just don't think it's that big of a deal. (But they're taking away my Aero! lol)

I rarely pin anything to the taskbar on my PC. I think all I have down there is my browser and KeePass.

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