I heard about this, and I thought that this would not only be something that was rather interesting, but also something that many of us will probably run into sometime in the near future. As many of you know, Microsoft is getting ready to release another version of Windows. This version is known as Windows 8. In the Consumer Preview version, the Start button has been removed.
Now for many of us, we have been using the Start button since the 80s. Whereas I really don’t want to date myself, this is a feature that has been around for quite a long time. We will probably hear a lot of comments such as why on earth would they do that? I mean after all, how is anyone supposed to get to the installed programs, system settings and Windows Explorer without that button? There are going to be a lot of upset people.
Initially those were my thoughts, but you can relax, because first off it is important to note that they didn’t do this without a lot of forethought before removing the Start button. So let’s take a look at what brought about this change? With surveys, interviews and user discussions, Microsoft made some interesting discoveries. Users are using the task bar a lot more. As they do this, they are making sure that their most used applications are there so that they can get to them quicker.
Statistics showed that the Start button wasn’t being used as much. With this in mind, Microsoft decided to see what else they could do that would let them offer up some new options. They found out that users were using keyboard shortcuts to start their programs or applications rather than going through the Start button and then having to look through all of the various menu options. By using the keyboard shortcuts or icon shortcuts, they were getting directly to where they wanted to go at a much faster pace.
So, don’t get too upset when you don’t see the Start button. You will be able to find and use faster options to get to where you want to go by using keyboard and icon shortcuts, task bars and pinned applications.