Windows 8 Start Menu & Start Screen

Discussion in 'Windows 8 News' started by Becky, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Becky


    Sep 9, 2011
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    The most recent two blog entries from Microsoft take a critical look at Start Menus of the past and discuss what could be done to improve the operation. The Start Menu is such a well known part of Windows that a new method of navigation is likely to be met with resistance - hence their detailed explanation of why they feel it is a step-forward.

    The new 'Start Screen' is (in a way) an expansion of the old Start Menu, but with more flexibility to customise it as you see fit. Microsoft do not view this as a replacement, but rather a vast improvement.

    You can read the full blog entries here:

    Evolving the Start Menu
    Designing the Start Screen
    Becky, Oct 5, 2011
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  2. Becky


    Jul 20, 2010
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    Upstate NY
    It sure sounds like the beginning of the end of the Start Menu as we know it. I'm a task-bar guy any way, but maybe they could just make the SM more customizable or interesting for the non office worker/everyday user.
    yodap, Oct 5, 2011
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  3. Becky

    Kougar Moderator

    Sep 16, 2011
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    I read the blog but when all was said and done, it didn't actually answer any questions I originally had. They mention the importance of allowing users to disable or revert features, but don't say if they included it in case users prefer the Windows 7 start menu.

    I rather disliked how programs and shortcuts get pinned to the taskbar, so I still use a quicklaunch bar and old-style text-buttons for running applications. I'm a bit worried about what they're going to change, but as long as I can modify it to how I can most smoothly use the interface then they can do what they want. ;)
    Kougar, Oct 6, 2011
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