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Windows Start Button Gone Forever, Replaced By Tutorial

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April 1, 2012 4:10:48 PM

I'm sure you'll get along perfectly with ME Windows 8.
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April 1, 2012 4:12:15 PM

April 1st.....
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April 1, 2012 4:13:18 PM

I am a PC fanboy, and this looks awful.

The fundamental purpose of an OS for me is to provide and invisible interface to access all of MY stuff MY way. It looks like Microsoft is trying to turn the OS into an application itself. This is not what I want, I want to have a clear, clean, fast, customizable utility to do what I desire.

I want to see my OS do all the back-end stuff (anti-virus, backup, file management, etc.) in the cleanest, fastest way possible. These things should happen in the background, and not distract me from doing the things I want (games, internet, Word, Excel, etc.).

The implication here is you are supposed to *use* the OS as an application. No thanks.
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April 1, 2012 4:15:38 PM

I am having my suspicions here, is this an April Fool's prank?
Assuming it isn't : Smart move Microsoft. removing a landmark of a button from the interface. I honestly don't know how well it's gonna work. The saying "If it ain't broken, don't fix it" maybe appropriate here.

Assuming it is : Very funny toms!
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April 1, 2012 4:19:25 PM

I really think MS is shooting themselves in the foot on this. Whereas I understand them wanting to make the interface identical across all formats of computing, pretty much everyone agrees the Metro interface is not as useful on a desktop or laptop PC as it is on a phone or a tablet. Businesses are not going to like Windows 8 on their PC workstations.

If they ask me, and they haven't, I would compromise by making the desktop version of Windows 8 essentially an update of Windows 7 and then toss the Metro tiles on the desktop. If people want to use them, they can, if they want to go to the start menu or task bar and launch from there as they have in the past, they still could.

Why does this have to be an all or nothing proposition?
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April 1, 2012 4:20:27 PM

kenratboyI am a PC fanboy, and this looks awful.The fundamental purpose of an OS for me is to provide and invisible interface to access all of MY stuff MY way. It looks like Microsoft is trying to turn the OS into an application itself. This is not what I want, I want to have a clear, clean, fast, customizable utility to do what I desire.I want to see my OS do all the back-end stuff (anti-virus, backup, file management, etc.) in the cleanest, fastest way possible. These things should happen in the background, and not distract me from doing the things I want (games, internet, Word, Excel, etc.).The implication here is you are supposed to *use* the OS as an application. No thanks.



Exactly what windows 8 will be...
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April 1, 2012 4:24:16 PM

I'm not missing the start-button, but the power-button should be available straight form the right-corner -menu ( whatever it's called ), and not under settings.
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April 1, 2012 4:24:30 PM

It wouldn't be the first time that feedback on a product has been completely negative and MS has gone off in the wrong direction anyway. Good luck with that.
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April 1, 2012 4:32:54 PM

Well... looks like Vista 2.0!
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April 1, 2012 4:38:03 PM

yeah, definitely has to be april fool's...right...??:( 
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April 1, 2012 4:38:15 PM

Sooooooo.... What about my wallpaper?
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April 1, 2012 4:42:24 PM

it is not urgent to move to win8 anyway.. so i dont care. win7 still works perfectly fine.
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April 1, 2012 4:43:17 PM

davewolfgangApril 1st.....


I wish it was about it... but that's not a joke:( 
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April 1, 2012 4:48:39 PM

When using the Preview Build, I found myself using Ctrl + Alt + Del a lot to bring up the task bar and kill Metro or to back-out of Metro apps (some appeared to not have any way to navigate back). The whole time I played with Win 8, I though to myself how much I appreciate the fact that Windows 7 is so good and that I really didn't need to upgrade to Windows 8. Thank goodness too, it felt like using a cell phone instead of using a PC. What the heck, Microsoft?
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April 1, 2012 4:53:10 PM

This had better be an April fools joke...
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April 1, 2012 4:54:20 PM

What a stupid idea I dont want my desktop to be like a touch pad or smart phone. FU Microsoft if they keep this idea going I'm switching to Linux or Mac OS.
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April 1, 2012 4:54:43 PM

This is going to backfire in a big way. The avg consumor will not take kindly to this change. I'm willing to bet many avg consumors will want to revert back to Windows 7 after trying to figure out Windows 8 which will prompt many pc vendors to do a downgrade program. It's not like getting rid or quick launch, the start menu is a pretty big thing for many users. At the very least MS should have an option to enable the start menu.
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April 1, 2012 4:57:03 PM

Good. I was getting tired of its conveniences anyway.
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April 1, 2012 5:00:34 PM

Finally,Windows has become like Apple:
If you want to do something in it,it's impossible!

Let's all call it a day, and jump over to Linux, now that all 3 platforms are performing about the same, but at least with Linux, you have a simplified user interface, and you can do OS customizations via all kinds of advanced menu's and the shell; something which might take forever in Windows 8.
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April 1, 2012 5:01:06 PM

I keep hearing the bad news on windows 8 over and over again but I've never really tried it. Maybe I should try it on my laptop or see it on a friend's computer. I'll be trying it with an open mind.

Anyway...thanks for nothing microsoft for removing the good ol start button
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April 1, 2012 5:02:22 PM

If I wanted a MAC OS, I would have bought one!
No need to become a clone of apple! Yet another mistake for MS!

Seems like people running MS nowadays aren't too bright, and driven by investors. Such stories always have a bad ending!
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April 1, 2012 5:04:14 PM

maddy143dedthis just means that unless windows 8 has some clearly compelling performance boost like they claim for multicore usage (which as far as i know has not yet been proved ) most people will not want to go for an upgrade to windows 8. i will keep using widows 7 on my desktop as well as laptop for the foreseeable future.and it doesn't feel right to use a OS as heavy as windows 8(i think it was somewhere around 12GB of installation) on a tablet. whatever win 8 can do in 12 gb+ space android/ios/ubuntu can do it better in just 1-2 gb space.so effectively Microsoft is shooting itself in the ass with this move. they should have just upgraded the windows phone 8 for usage on a tablet, instead they are destroying their only plus point in the computer market.i do not believe that the tablet can replace a laptop in its usage.. a netbook yes definitely, an ultra-book most probably, but not a full blown laptop/desktop system. i really wish that companies would stop promoting the stupid tablets as a computer replacement and instead promote it as a computer compliment.one of the main reason ubuntu/mint os has not replaced my windows installation is their poor attempt to copy the start menu.. and i have been tinkering with different linux OSes since 2003(when i got my first linux os as a free cd.) i have even tried mac os (hacintosh some one?) but the ease of use and familiarity and the collection of games keep pulling me back to windows.well windows 7 seems good enough for use for next 5-7 years, till then something will give...(meaning M$ will see the falling OS sales and go back to basics as it were....I really feel strongly about one thing that m$ could have done right, reduce the god damn size of the OS . i mean 20 fu*king Gbs for just the installation? just because RAM and HDD are cheap (relatively ) doesnt give them the right to keep increasing its usage........



A netbook yes???? Really, where you been, THEY ARE GONE!!!!!
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April 1, 2012 5:09:43 PM

HazbotWell... looks like Vista 2.0!



Vista 2.0 is Windows 7 (I want to call you a name)... also, vista wasn't all that bad if you actually stayed with it for awhile. It was the first time Microsoft released a OS on time... Vendors were in a made rush to get drivers out and people were trying to upgrade old ill working machines to Vista... I fuggen hate people that compare without knowledge but based off they say... Stupid...
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April 1, 2012 5:09:52 PM

If you're going for an Apple look then IMO port (license) Mac OS X on the PC, and not some moronic attempt to reinvent the round wheel as a square.

Windows 8 is going to be a Major Flop, what in the hell are they (Microsoft) thinking?!
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April 1, 2012 5:11:15 PM

The original article in the Seattle Times was from yesterday. So this is not an April Fools joke... I will also be sticking with Windows 7 with this news. They should at least allow people to turn on the start button from somewhere in the settings, not get rid of it completely.
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April 1, 2012 5:14:42 PM

Aprill fools day... Hmmm maybe, but maybe not.

The source article is dated "March 30, 2012".

"Un-intuitive & clunky", I hope they have that quote in the adverts...

Reminds of the Vista launch, "you'll need double the RAM just to keep your PC performing as it did in XP". Another great advertising slogan.

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April 1, 2012 5:15:10 PM

Click corner to open start menu...
click "desktop" button to close menu
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April 1, 2012 5:24:53 PM

HVdynamoThe original article in the Seattle Times was from yesterday. So this is not an April Fools joke... I will also be sticking with Windows 7 with this news. They should at least allow people to turn on the start button from somewhere in the settings, not get rid of it completely.


The more buildup the better the prank will be. The best April Fools pranks should have at least a month if not more of buildup.
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April 1, 2012 5:25:03 PM

I am seriously wondering what's happening at the top of Microsoft. Some of the decisions they make are so obviously STUPID that it makes you wonder a) who managed to come up with them and b) how the hell those changes were kept despite nothing but negative feedback.
But I guess that's win8 in a nutshell. Instead of making touch devices better, they just decide to make the desktop PC worse - that also works to bring them to the same level! This is just Microsoft seeing Apple's success and trying to replicate that in ways and places that just DO NOT WORK. I don't understand how there are so many 'common' people that have good ideas, yet Microsoft pays millions for a couple of people that clearly don't...
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April 1, 2012 5:26:45 PM

As a computer tech, I will unfortunately have to learn this piece of crap. Thanks for nothing M$.
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April 1, 2012 5:30:42 PM

We should start taking bets on how big of a flop Win 8 (on PC) will be.

Vista tier? ME tier?
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April 1, 2012 5:38:11 PM

Pathetic.!! and Shocking !!! I dunno how its gonna be, but if there is no start button i m not buying or even for that matter take time to download and pirate, Windows 8.....

pre Win7 start buttons sucked.. you have to use the mouse to point at various things to get to where u want....... but WIN7 Start was awesome... just press the Start button on ur keyboard and type it partially and press enter... just a matter of 2 seconds
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April 1, 2012 5:39:00 PM

3rd party software to the rescue!
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April 1, 2012 5:39:22 PM

This may not be an April 1st joke, as rumors of this have been circling for a while now....
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April 1, 2012 5:41:43 PM

i am gonna miss it LOL!
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April 1, 2012 5:43:03 PM

math1337Click corner to open start menu...click "desktop" button to close menu


yeaah.. too much corner to be clicked, makes my hand irritated
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April 1, 2012 5:47:33 PM

Ever since Bill is no longer CEO MS has lost it's track...

They are still making a lot of money, but it's on a downward spiral.

We'll miss you Bill.
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April 1, 2012 5:56:21 PM

dont worry friend... ILL AVENGE YOOOUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!
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April 1, 2012 5:56:45 PM

Welcome to Vista 2.0............
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April 1, 2012 6:03:13 PM

This is not an April 1st thing. I have the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and no, it doesn't have a start menu and while you can switch to desktop mode, you can't really avoid the Metro thing.

Here's why Microsoft is doing this - they want to turn the PC into a kiosk device/consumer appliance that runs only preapproved apps from the Microsoft app store. That way Microsoft gets their 30% cut, they get to decide whether developers are even allowed to sell certain apps and finally they get ad revenue from ad-supported apps.
Also, since Microsoft doesn't have a prayer of gaining any significant market share in the mobile/tablet market, they're hoping that by forcing desktop users to use a mobile/touch UI, they will be inclined to choose a Windows 8 based device when they buy a mobile or a tablet.
In order to achieve this, Microsoft has to force the new UI on the users - that's why there is no start button and you can't get away from Metro, even if you only want to use desktop mode.

Microsoft's overall message is that desktop is dying, corporate customers are becoming irrelevant and they're willing to bet the company on this.
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April 1, 2012 6:03:33 PM

It better be April 1st..... O yeah, it is : ) :D  :D  :D 

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April 1, 2012 6:11:10 PM

I sure as hell hope that this is an april fools joke because the new UI is going to be painful....If it's true I can see most people never daring to venture past windows 7 beyond to try it out if they can get their hands on it for free.
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April 1, 2012 6:12:57 PM

RIP to Windows 8. Microsoft better ready to suffer huge disapointment and financial loss with desktop version of windows 8. It would be a total failure and not even people download and try that awful OS through rapid share, torrents or other illegal ways. People will continue using the windows 7 for a very long time just like XP.
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April 1, 2012 6:13:53 PM

Windows 8 = Windows Vista and Windows ME.... When sales tank, MS will fix the problem. vote by not upgrading.....
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April 1, 2012 6:15:14 PM

Me was a bust, Vista was a bust, sound like 8 is going to be the same.

It also sounds as though Microsoft is charting a path for 8, and no matter how many people complain about the direction that path is headed, Microsoft is going there. It seems that they are going in that direction just because they can. I won't be joining them this time, though. They just migh not have much company on that path and they will only wise up when their bottom line ($$$) starts to hurt.
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April 1, 2012 6:27:42 PM

Windows, WFT... why you gotto toy with my emotions... Loook we need to talk... its not you its me...Nooo its you...
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April 1, 2012 6:35:21 PM

I hope this is NOT an April Fool's joke.
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April 1, 2012 6:37:36 PM

Remember when 3.11 was a hit back in 1993 and when windows 95 came out with the start button people were furious because why? I don't know...
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April 1, 2012 6:39:15 PM

Quote:
it's reportedly a headache for the desktop user

its not just reportedly it is a F. pain in the ass .... M$ wants to sell macs it seems :) 
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