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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:36

Microsoft Could Launch a Start Menu Option in Windows 8


Windows 8 dumps the traditional Start Menu and instead adopts a “confusing” Start Screen that relies on live tiles to let users launch apps from a single screen.

Steven Sinofsky, the former Windows boss, is one of the main Microsoft executives who wanted to replace the Start Menu with a Start Screen, claiming that adopting a feature that would better mix the desktop industry with the touch-optimized market would support the company’s long-term plans.

CIO Today writes that Sinofsky even convinced CEO Steve Ballmer to adopt his idea, so all Windows 8 workstations now come with a Start Screen.

Steven Sinofsky is no longer head of the Windows division and more and more voices familiar with matter are hinting that a Start Menu option could, after all, land on Windows 8 platforms.

There are already several third-party apps that could restore the Start Menu on Windows 8 and Stardoc’s Start8 is one of the most popular.

Kris Kwilas, Stardock's technology vice president, says that his software has already sold tens of thousands of copies, while even more consumers take the trial version for a spin.

“Early adopters of Windows 8 feel there's something missing -- a comfort factor for how they want to use their PCs," Kwilas says, hinting that Microsoft may actually develop a Start Menu for Windows 8, just to make sure its new operating system isn’t considered a confusing solution anymore.

But Steve Ballmer said in an interview with the Associated Press in October that Microsoft has absolutely no intention to bring back the Start Menu. You already have “a whole screen as a Start button,” Ballmer said.

Steven Sinofsky, on the other hand, explained during the Windows 8 launch conference that it’s just a matter of time until people get used to the new Start Screen. The same happened with the Start button too, he explained.

“You know, as familiar and productive as Windows 7 is for customers today, the world that led to Windows 7 began back in the early 1990s when familiar concepts like the Start menu were first conceived. Familiar today, but completely new when it was first released. That technology world was so very different than the world we experience each and every day.”


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I doubt it, sounds like weak rumours to me



EDIT - Apologies, maybe this should be in the news section, mods feel free to move


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:39

I don't think there's any chance of this happening and I can't see a single reason why it should. If people want a Start menu then there are plenty of 3rd-party solutions.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:43

As much as I would be infinitely happier if they did bring the start menu back, it's not going to happen. Aside from anything else, the third party options do a good enough job, so why should Microsoft bother?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:00

It sounds to me as if that writer, and the writer of the report it's based off, have no idea what they're talking about. But I could be wrong :)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:02

Detection,

You should've really posted this in BPN.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:02

Guys. **** the damn menu. It doesn't need to be around anymore. The Start screen is more attractive and functional, and it totally destroys the entire purpose of re-imagining Windows. Does nobody think before they write, anymore?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:03

It sounds to me as if that writer, and the writer of the report it's based off, have no idea what they're talking about. But I could be wrong :)

Why, because their opinion is opposite of yours?

Guys. **** the damn menu. It doesn't need to be around anymore. The Start screen is more attractive and functional.

Just stop, it's getting embarrassing now, we get it you think the start screen is the best thing ever, tens of thousands of people don't, stop telling them how you think they should use their computer and let them have their start menu.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:04

Detection,

You should've really posted this in BPN.


You didn't read my EDIT in the OP that I posted a few seconds after making the thread then ?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:05

Guys. **** the damn menu. It doesn't need to be around anymore. The Start screen is more attractive and functional, and it totally destroys the entire purpose of re-imagining Windows. Does nobody think before they write, anymore?


Why are you so against giving people what they want, bro?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:05

Why are you so against giving people what they want, bro?


He works for MS, didn't you know ?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:09

I really hope they don't bring back the start menu, the start screen is fine, and using metro apps with a start menu would be an even bigger clusterfeck

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:11

Guys. **** the damn menu. It doesn't need to be around anymore. The Start screen is more attractive and functional, and it totally destroys the entire purpose of re-imagining Windows. Does nobody think before they write, anymore?


Personal tastes and preferences aren't something you're comfortable with when they differ from yours, am I right?

I really hope they don't bring back the start menu, the start screen is fine, and using metro apps with a start menu would be an even bigger clusterfeck



Nope, you want to know why? I'm using Start8, and the last time I saw the Start Screen is when I installed Windows for the first time, 3 weeks ago. People must have the choice to use their computer how they want to. If they want to use Metro apps, good for them. If they don't want to use the Start Screen, they should be allowed to.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:12

The only thing the start menu has over the start screen is the built-in search box (i know there is the search off to the side). Other than that I think the start screen is ok - great for a tablet, ok for a mouse.

Edit: @myx - I agree people should have the choice of how to use their computers (hence Start8) however Microsoft doesn't have to provide all those ways, moving 'forward' with the start screen is good I think. With that said I also agree with -T-, for me the start screen is a good way to use apps in a metro/touch environment, the start menu was too small.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:14

Guys. **** the damn menu. It doesn't need to be around anymore. The Start screen is more attractive and functional, and it totally destroys the entire purpose of re-imagining Windows. Does nobody think before they write, anymore?


+1 :D

Nobody likes to change. However, without change, the world would be much more dull and we wouldn't have the variety of technology that we have today.
However, this is a simple choice. If you want to have "what you want", as somebody said in this thread, go Linux, where you have your choice among 100's of distro's.
For all others, if you are tied into the Microsoft or Apple ecosystem, however, you will never get "what you want", without having to hack it on your own.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:19

I don't know. I am using Start8 the last time I switched over to the start screen was pretty much when I first installed Windows 8 because I wanted to play with everything but after having it for a week or so I have spent 90% of my time on the desktop.