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Windows Start Button Gone Forever, Replaced By Tutorial

By - Source: The Seattle Times | B 181 comments

Despite complaints stemming from the Consumer Preview, the Start Button will not be officially added to Windows 8.

The Seattle Times reports that the beloved Start Button we've grown accustomed to pressing each and every day won't end up in the final version of Windows 8 despite complaints. Instead, Windows 7 will be its last, official home.

The news arrives by way of investment banking firm Nomura, which hosted meetings this week for investors with Tami Reller, the head of marketing and CFO of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. The meetings talked about what's coming up for the next version of Microsoft's operating system.

According to Nomura, Reller addressed concerns that end users have raised about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Although the new version -- which offers a complete revamp of the UI since the release of Windows 95 -- is seemingly well suited for touch-based devices, it's reportedly a headache for the desktop user accustomed to accessing the computer's installed programs through the Start Menu.

As it stands now, Windows 8 doesn't feature a Start Button, but rather depends on hot corners for essential functionality. Without any instructions whatsoever, desktop users must figure out how to navigate through the new Metro UI and access the Metro commands to get back to the Start screen. The Seattle Times calls this method "unintuitive and clunky."

Unfortunately, Reller confirmed that Microsoft has officially killed off the Start Button for good. Instead, the discoverability problem will be addressed through a tutorial "to show keyboard/mouse users the new commands that they need to orient themselves with in the new OS so they are not lost when they first encounter the product."

Isn't that nice?

Reller also assured investors that Office 15 will feel unaltered in Windows 8's desktop mode when using Office even though the new suite has been Metro-ized.

RIP, Start Button. We loved you. Honest.

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    davewolfgang , April 1, 2012 4:12 PM
    April 1st.....
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    nhy6 , April 1, 2012 9:32 PM
    Whats with all the thumbs down?
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    keyanf , April 1, 2012 4:10 PM
    I'm sure you'll get along perfectly with ME Windows 8.
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    davewolfgang , April 1, 2012 4:12 PM
    April 1st.....
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    kenratboy , April 1, 2012 4:13 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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    iceman1992 , April 1, 2012 4:15 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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    remyj123 , April 1, 2012 4:19 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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    zloginet , April 1, 2012 4:20 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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    Bloob , April 1, 2012 4:24 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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    SmileyTPB1 , April 1, 2012 4:24 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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    Hazbot , April 1, 2012 4:32 PM
    Well... looks like Vista 2.0!
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    chickenhoagie , April 1, 2012 4:38 PM
    yeah, definitely has to be april fool's...right...??:( 
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    Gin Fushicho , April 1, 2012 4:38 PM
    Sooooooo.... What about my wallpaper?
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    atikkur , April 1, 2012 4:42 PM
    it is not urgent to move to win8 anyway.. so i dont care. win7 still works perfectly fine.
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    tmk221 , April 1, 2012 4:43 PM
    davewolfgangApril 1st.....


    I wish it was about it... but that's not a joke:( 
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    gmarsack , April 1, 2012 4:48 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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    leakingpaint , April 1, 2012 4:53 PM
    This had better be an April fools joke...
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    Anonymous_26 , April 1, 2012 4:54 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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    SteelCity1981 , April 1, 2012 4:54 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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    Devoteicon , April 1, 2012 4:57 PM
    Good. I was getting tired of its conveniences anyway.
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    ProDigit10 , April 1, 2012 5:00 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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    EzioAs , April 1, 2012 5:01 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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