I guess now is the time to bid final goodbye to the classic Windows feature.
While a Start Menu would obviously make the transition (and for some, life) a lot easier, it would ultimately be a 180° for Microsoft and its future plans to integrate the PC with mobile devices.
If there were two separate versions of Windows 8, one exclusively for the desktop and another with an exclusive touch interface for tablets, it might work. But imagine a touch optimized operating system where most of the users are still using it primarily with a keyboard and mouse.
Not a funny sight, I’d reckon.
Julie Larson-Green, the new Windows boss seems to think along these lines too.
In an interview with MIT Technology Review, the head of the Windows division over at Microsoft said that the Start Screen is the perfect dashboard for users to quickly and easily access their most needed content on their computers:
“With Windows 8, all the different things that you might want to do are there at a glance with the Live Tiles. Instead of having to find many little rocks to look underneath, you see a kind of dashboard of everything that’s going on and everything you care about all at once. It puts you closer to what you’re trying to get done”.
That’s that, it seems.
This statement is in line with her predecessor (Steven Sinofsky) and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who both believe it is just a matter of time until everyone gets used to the Start Screen.
Those who can’t or don’t want to can always download a variety of replacement utilities that add a start menu to Windows 8. Software, both free and paid, like Start8, StartMenuPlus8 and Win8StartButton.
They may not be the official thing — but they get the job done, and then some.