RIP Start button / Start Menu: Microsoft is to remove the Start Button in Windows 8
Saturday, February 11, 2012 12:01:21 PM
Update based on the Consumer Preview of Windows 8
Latest update:I've added the start screen to add a picture of the new charms seen in the latest official release of Windows 8 (Windows 8 Consumer Preview). I have also update the screenshots of Windows 8 to match what is seen in the consuemr preview.
It appears that the Windows button has changed icon and moved to the right hand corner of the screen.
Original post based on a rumor
In a daring move, Microsoft has decided to ditch the Start Button in Windows 8, the next version of Windows operating system. The Chinese-language site PCBeta hinted at the Start button's demise over the weekend with some supposed Windows 8 beta screenshots, and The Verge confirmed the change with "sources close to Microsoft's Windows 8 development."
Instead of the start button or as Extreme Tech calls it the corner-hugging Windows flag, Windows 8 will feature a "hot corner." Flicking the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen will bring up the new fullscreen Metro-style Start screen, which in my opinon is extremely ugly.
The Windows 8 "Start Screen"
I frequently use the start menu to launch the start menu to search for things. The start button is one of the killer feature of Windows over Apple Mac. It is soooo much easier than Mac's many menus. Removing the Start button may cause confusion among Windows users unless Microsoft clearly explains how to find and open apps.
The Evolution of the Start Menu
See how the Start Menu (now known as the "Start Screen") over time with different versions of Windows (starting with the latest version Windows 8).
The Start Button is one Microsoft's strongest trademarks of Windows with all versions of Windows, starting from Windows 95, featuring the Start Menu.
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0AJM6HMYjM