How many of you have tried Windows 8? Obviously it’s still in its finishing stages but one thing you might have noticed apart from changed UI and that is the famous “Start button” is no longer available for you to use. At times I felt stuck while hanging around the desktop but later I got used to it as Windows 8 has better options to interact with apps.
So have you thought about why Microsoft removed that very familiar button which most of us have used as our favorite source of time-pass? When it comes to adding or removing some features off any products, no company takes decisions in haste as one wrong move would damage the product scope. For example, when users were accustomed to MS DOS interface, Microsoft introduced Mouse-based interface (interactive UI) which caused upheaval in the world of computers. Yes, there were few who criticized company over the move, but today can anyone control entire PC using nothing more than command-line interface?
Just like this example, removal of “Start Button” is going to cause wide cry amongst the users but soon within next few months, users will get used to new and much more improved UI.
The “Start Button” used to contain every installed program as well as system features in a simple navigation based system. So with Windows 8, nothing of this can be experienced, but before you go criticizing Microsoft over it, read the reason behind this as such decisions are taken very rarely and lot of brainstorming is done over it.
Chaitanya Sareen from Microsoft revealed more about the removal of “Start Button”. He explained that company has been monitoring the desktop usage trend through Customer Experience Improvement Program and the analysis has revealed that the users are now using task bar more than “Start Button” to access apps faster.
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Analysis also revealed that the number of users using “Start Button” to access apps are falling and users using shortcut keys are on high. So finally Microsoft decided to omit the “Start Button” as this decision will enable them to test whole set of other features which were unrealistic due to the presence of “Start Button”.
So this is why, you will not find familiar “Start Button” in Windows 8. Although this is the case that Windows 8 carries much modified UI, it’s worth experiencing!! Share what you have to say over this? Do you use “Start Button” or just like many users, you make use of task bar for quicker application access? Let us know through comments.