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

Brad Chacos

Windows 8's Metro UI has gotten its fair share of negative press since even before the Developer Preview came out, with a lot of the hate directed towards the lack of that oh-so-familiar Windows Start button. Why'd you have to go and remove the Start button, Microsoft? Yesterday, an MS executive delivered one possible answer: People used it a lot less in Windows 7 than in previous versions of the operating system.

"When we evolved the taskbar we saw awesome adoption of pinning (applications) on the taskbar," Microsoft principal program manager Chaitanya Sareen told PC Pro . "We are seeing people pin like crazy. And so we saw the Start menu usage dramatically dropping, and that gave us an option."

We sure do a lot with our taskbars, so hearing that makes a bit of sense. Sareen also says that more people are starting to use keyboard shortcuts to bypass the Windows 7 Start menu, which seems a bit less likely, as normies (like your mom and grandmom) are rarely observed rocking keyboard shortcuts in the wild.

Do you think that the combination of shortcuts and taskbar pinning is really as widespread and often-used as Sareen makes it sound?

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