Windows 8 Might Scrap The Start Button For Good

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Even if you don't use Windows often, you probably know to head for the Start button to get things rolling. Not any more, though, because Microsoft might be planning to dump the button in the next Windows release.

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The Start button's been in existence since Windows 95, making it about 17 years old. But the "Consumer Preview" of Windows 8 doesn't have one, reports The Verge. That's according to new leaked images like the one below, of course. In other versions that have been seen, the Start button has been flattened to blend in with the new Metro styling, so it's not definite that the — quite literally — iconic button will disappear.

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What if the Start button does go? The Verge says that a contact close to the Microsoft development team suggests it wouldn't really be the end of the Start button: instead, the operating system would feature a hot corner to do a similar job. Sound familiar, Mac users? [The Verge; Images: freestockimages, PCBeta]

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DangerousDac175
DangerousDac175

In the Windows 8 Alpha I tried it was practically gone already, and was part of the reason why I hated it so much.

I mean, why are they removing a collapsible, easily managed interface for accessing content with a never ending scroll bar of random logos on squares? Doesn't that seem like a MASSIVE evolutionary step backward? Sure, Apple implemented Launchpad, but that's something that's been added to the experience, it doesn't replace any of the core functionality that existed before.

If MS do remove the start button completely (beyond the unrecognizable, nerfed button that already existed) they'll alienate 80% of their user base, because most people don't use a computer like we do. For me, the problem is with ease of use. As it is, Windows 8 will make it harder to use simply via the utterly stupid way its laid out. Sure, you can surf the net from the home screen/scroll bar BS, but if I want to access some files I have to go back into Windows explorer on the weird semi desktop that doesn't function like one anymore. How the hell is THAT an improved experience? If you want to make Windows for tablets, make it for fucking tablets. Don't have some weird hybrid that tries to run on everything that ultimately makes it suck worse than Vista. And don't give me that "multiple platforms confuses people!!1!!" crap, Apple does it just fine. They have a mobile OS that works and a desktop OS that works. Not to mention that to get Windows 8 to even run on tablets they have to use souped up hypermachines that don't exist yet, and when they do will sell for twice as much as an iPad does. Where's the benefit in that?

It feels like Bob all over again.