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Microsoft says "What do you want to kill today?", replies with "the Start button in Windows 8"

Microsoft kill the Start button in Windows 8

| Operating Systems News | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 11:26 am

Microsoft launched one of the most recognisable components of computing, the Start button. It was launched 17 years ago, with a huge advertising campaign, where its hard for people to not know the Start button now.



When it comes to Windows 8, Microsoft are changing it up, not just a bit, but considerably. The removal of the Start button marks a serious change, where the Start button is replaced by the "hot corner." Instead of clicking the Start button to show the full-screen Metro-style Start Screen, you just flick your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, or touch it with your finger, and voila - Metro-style Start Screen.


Why would Microsoft do such a thing? Well, they save some on-screen pixels by removing it. That's it. Imagine long-time Windows users, booting up for the first time, not aware of this news and virtually unprepared for there to not be a Start button. They would think the OS is faulty, or a non-legit version. New users, would be OK, but how would they know to push to the bottom left of the screen to display the Metro interface?


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There's obviously going to be something in between that arrives, some marketing, a new advertisement, where they show users how to use the new non-Start button Windows 8. Let's just hope it is able to penetrate the hundreds of millions of users who are so familiar with the Start button.


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