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Where's the Start Menu in Windows 8?

By March 25, 2012

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If you've been using the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and tried to shut down your computer chances are you noticed that the Start Menu was gone.

Yes, Microsoft did get rid of the Start Menu it's not hidden somewhere, it is simply gone. In its stead you will find the tiles which represent all of the apps installed on your PC and the new Charm Bar.

The Charm Bar is where you will find the section of the Start Menu that dealt with the powering off options, some Control Panel options, sharing (new option) and most importantly the search option.

The intent here is to allow for a seamless touch experience, but what about all those computers running in corporate environments? Well, you still have the traditional Windows Explorer look and feel when using Explorer, but everything else, specifically those apps designed for the Metro UI will most likely find it difficult to reside in corporate environments where the mouse and keyboard dominate.

That is not to say corporate won't move towards the adoption of touch it just may take some time.

The question is, should Microsoft bring the Start Menu back? What do you think?

April 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(1) BrianJM says:

Also, some choices during installation.
e.g. do you have a touch screen?
Do you wish to use Metro UI and its ’tiles’? (The Metro that I Know is mostly hidden underground, but I digress.)

There could be some more choices but I haven’t used the system much to date; mainly because of the interface and because there is not much point wasting time exploring/changing all the settings and then having to discard the lot due to changes in the final release.
Meanwhile XP serves well and there are other suitable alternatives.

April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(2) Margaret Hamm says:

Yes, I don’t even like the idea of a touch screen. it will always look dirty like the phones that are touch screen. Also, afraid there will be problems. My phone screen is too touchy.

April 24, 2012 at 7:18 am
(3) Diane says:

Yes – Microsoft should definitely bring the Start Menu back. I work with the IT Help Desk for a manufacturer and shudder to think of a touch screen in some manufacturing production environments!

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