Yes, the guys at Microsoft have decided to remove the items that have been their trademark since Windows 95; the elements that every new user in a Windows OS interacts with first; the elements that are responsible for the addition of the physical “Windows” button in majority of the keyboards on this planet.
But, before we storm Microsoft with blatant opinions, let’s take a look with the Start Button replacement – the Charms Bar. Yes! They have provided us with something that looks and acts as charming as its name. The Charms Bar can be considered to be a “one-stop” place to access several commonly used functionalities of Windows.
One may call it a “Swiss Knife” for frequently used services. It not only surpasses the functionalities of the Start Menu, but it does this in a beautiful, elegant way.
The Charms Bar is universally accessible. No matter what application you are in, you can summon the Charms Bar by any of the following methods:
One of the big advantages of the charms bar is that it modifies its role depending on where you open it. If you open it on the desktop, it will provide you services that act globally – throughout the system. It you open it within an application, it adapts its services to the open application, along with providing the global functionality.
The bar contains five different Charms. Each Charm provides a distinct functionality which can give system-wide or context-wide results, depending on what the charm does.
The five Charms are:
When Charms Bar is invoked, it also produces a non-interactive but informative pane on the bottom-left corner. It provides useful static information like:
It may a frustrating fact that Charms Bar has killed the beloved Start Button + Menu combo. But once you start exploring its Charms, the Button + Menu will become a fading memory. The Charms Bar is easily one of the best features in Windows 8.