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Parallels 9 allows users to add-on a start menu to Windows 8

Lenovo isn't the only company kicking Microsoft in the shins with start menu add-ons. The world famous virtual machine software, Parallels Desktop, allows users to add a start menu back to Windows 8 with the single click of a button in its latest iteration.

Users who install Windows 8 onto a virtual machine can also install add-ons which emulate an "old Windows" style start menu by navigating to settings. The Windows 8 start menu, known as Start8, works in both Coherence and "Like A PC" modes.

As companies try to bypass Microsoft Windows 8's start screen with a more familiar interface they might just be tearing down Microsoft's bridge to the future. If experiences between various machines are different from company to company, we might begin to see an unorganized crumbling of different navigation - as seen with Google Android's various launcher skins (HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, etc.).

Do you think companies are going too far by implementing start menus into Microsoft's latest operating system?

Source: Arstechnica

167 Comments
  • Don't other companies make this same stuff? Like Start8?
  • Yup, but that's a bit different. Seeking a 3rd party solution for your specific problem is one thing. This is Parallels though, which allows you to run the OS on a Mac, etc. So it's a bit more egregious than just installing an app.
  • Oh, alright. When I finally get a PC, I'll check this out (hopefully a new mac too), so one will have the button and one won't. I'm tired of my slow mac with its Intel Core 2 Duo.
  • Samsung also provides a start dock similar to that found in Vista. It even has a start menu. It's called Quick Starter.
  • Its just sad, people are weak these days, a tiny change in the scheme of things can knot the knickers of consumers. Soft as bird crap i say. Just go with it, its was even previewed before release, ms deserve the respect of at least trying to understand what the tiles are about.... Its another part of the house, like "windows'
  • Don't worry, I'm not one of those people who require the start button. I just want to check it out. That's all.
  • Me too. Who wants the start menu back? Comment if you don't want. LOL
  • MS take note! User is the King. If Windows users demand having it back, you should give that option. Yes, I am big fan of Start menu. No need to take it away!
  • On my desktop, I kind of miss the start menu, on my touch screen laptop, not so much
  • This is exactly the point.  The start menu really is superior to the start screen on a standard PC.  There is no getting around that fact.
     
    But on a tablet device, the start screen shines.
     
    Thus, if you use your PC in a standard way (keyboard, mouse, desk, etc.) then all this Metro crap is really just a distraction.
  • Exactly.....couldn't agree more.
  • The thing is that users are not demanding it. The companies are Just putting crapware on their PCs.
    I know a lot of people (most of which are casual users) that do not regret the Start menu at all.
  • Exactly, nobody really cares anymore, sites just write these articles for the hits. This crapware has ALWAYS been on PCs. My last laptop was a Sony with Windows 7. It had some weird wavy launcher at the top of the screen for quick access to various programs. I removed it pretty much instantly. This isn't any different. And anyway, this is the beauty of Windows, it's customisable, if you want to add an old style Start Menu, then there's lots of options to do it. It's not like it destroys Microsofts' vision, people can use their computers as they wish.
    It's time we all moved on and articles like this stopped appearing. It's like every time someone writes a program to edit text (Notepad++, Ultraedit, Textpad, and the gazillion others) there would be articles saying "so-and-so company is destroying Microsofts' vision of how we edit text". Microsoft provide the groundwork, people have different ideas about things and provide other solutions.
  • I think the companies selling the products have a better understanding of how many users are demanding it, in comparison to your anecdotal evidence. Couple that with the outrage on the web and you got yourself a solid case.
  • Uh, where has everyone been while this little thing called the Windows 8.1 Preview has been available? Users wanted a Start button, and everyone who doesn't already have Preview will have the option to have it back in October, all without the need for some third-party add-on.
     
    Really, the only people still complaining about the lack of the Start button/menu are the same people who never caught on that you can press the Windows key and start typing the name of the application you want, typically 1-3 letters is all it takes before the app magically appears at the top of the list. The pressing Enter gets you on your way. Easy-peasy, and no sea of nested menus or apps to wade through. This feature has been available since Vista. Really, people it is time to get with it already.
  • Users don't want the Start button, they want the Start menu.  This explains the situation perfectly:
     
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/06/28
  • Many users really do prefer using the mouse to navigate. My grandma and parents fall into this category. They have never had interest in taking a hand off the mouse to start typing. They like menus. For them, the smaller start menu would be preferable to the large start screen. That's why it should be an option, at least for mouse-driven systems. The start screen is much friendlier to a touch screen than a mouse.
  • People say they want to navigate the Start menu. But it's painful-painful to watch, and painful for them to find what they are looking for. The thing is the capability is built in to the Start menu to make it easier to naviage, but no one uses it. How many people ever pinned their commonly use applications to the Start menu or to the Taskbar. Even in a work world surrounded by developers, I appear to be the only one. Max 2 clicks and the application I want is running. (Or max 4 key presses for speed.) Meanwhile, my hear my cohorts repeatedly sigh in frustration as they search the Start menu...
  • That's exactly what MSFT does not need to do! Windows 8 is an excellent upgrade from Windows 7. If MSFT listened to users for technical they wouldn't have pushed a GUI or Internet Services! Years later the Ray Ozzie memo still rings true!
  • User is not king. If the user was, we would rarely have innovation. Anyways, the search in Win8 far exceeds any start button. People just need to adapt!
  • Wonder if MS will find a way to block that. I hope not. I haven't gotten a W8 tablet/laptop but personally I'm glad the new way Windows is heading. Iono I just don't see the big deal. Guess some can't transition better than others.
  • You could always reskin the heck out of Windows. I've used Stardock products to really customize windows to the point where it was unrecognizable. Good or bad its always been a very easy OS to play with.
  • Start8 is great! Using desktop metro doesn't work me at home or the office. Win 8 is definitely not made for the corporate environment Microsoft's biggest mistake. Even after a 900 million loss will they ever learn?
  • Hope so. Too bad that companies with this "we know better than our customers what they need" only learn it the hard way. Like Nokia a few years back, "touch screen interface will never replace keyboard."
  • The $900M write-off was for the surface device not W8 the OS.
  • Good for you. Start8 is just redundant for me and serves no useful purpose. But if it makes you more comfortable for you then great. Just great.
  • Native VPN and drive encryption support, easier RDP solutions, heightened security... You, sir, are absolutely right. Microsoft's colorful new start screen most certainly clashes with the drab colors of your "corporate" BMW and ergo is a complete failure. #sarcasm Microsoft's downfall is their inability to realize that we are a society comprised chiefly of lemmings, in which innovation is seen as a step backwards. If Microsoft would only see this and conform to making prettier, more over-prized, sub-par products they could be popping champaign with the Apple crew.
  • Blindly following something in the name of "innovation" is just as lemming-like. People should be allowed to like what they want and not just be expected blindly follow every shiny new thing. Personally, I'm not a fan of the start screen at work as I find it far more cumbersome and less efficient than the old start menu. I'm sure it works great on a tablet, but not so much for desktop users. I still prefer Windows 7 as it's still the best OS that Microsoft has ever done!
  • There is a difference between blindly follow and understanding the 'innovation' and advocate for it. You would think of the Windows 8 is good for touch screen, but I see the start screen that brings me a plethora of information with a click of the start button.
    Imagine what the live tiles can bring to your workflow or in future all programs games will be in the start screens utilizing the live tiles. But the developers will not be bother to push the limit if everyone just backtrack to the start menu.
    Start menu, launch weather app to check weather... Really?
  • Yeah, I hear what you're saying - but there should be an option for everyone though. People have worked with the start menu for almost 20 years and like the way that it worked. The start screen just feels like the bad old days of the desktop, with thousands of icons cluttering everything. Yes, you can customise it, but I've already seen numerous people that don't and it's just filled with crap. On Windows 7 I turned off ALL icons on my desktop, and have < 20 items pinned to the taskbar. On W7 if I need an item in the start menu, I press Start, type the first few letters, select the item and I'm good to go. It remembers what my most used items are, and they're generally what I click on first. The W8 start screen doesn't have the most recently used stuff, and it's jarring to be dumped out to a full-screen display instead of something that sits neatly in the corner.
    It really does feel like two OS's joined together - that's easy to see when you try to run a full-screen app and use your desktop on a second monitor. The full-screen app will switch out in favour of the desktop, which isn't what you wanted at the time. Yes, you can dock it, but only at a restricted size (MS is fixing that). I do like the live tiles, and that's primarily what I use the screen for anyway. It's general app launching, finding stuff quickly, and the disparity between full-screen apps and the desktop that bothers me. Don't get me started on the charms bar!
  • You should be very pleased with the 8.1 improvements then. Click Star Button and type to get your program (capability has been there in 8.0 but the "button" has not). Extending the desktop background to the Start Screen will resolve the jarring experience (I still don't see how this is a complaint - but fine, it's taken care of), and if you prefer as you indicate you do, you can even set your Start Screen to be the all apps listing and set the sort to be "most used". Also, you should like that the Start Screen can now remain on your second display, as well as any Modern app when using the desktop on another screen. Yep, I see now how 8.1 will appeal to the masses! I like 8.1 a lot, but until now hadn't considered how important these more subtle improvements were. Great work MS!
  • From my own perspective, everything I mentioned is really just minor grumbles rather than serious complaints... It's great that they seem to have ticked all the boxes in 8.1. Can't wait! Thanks for the info
  • This made me LOL, so thank you for that.
    Clearly the points that I made were "blind." Certainly no desktop can or will ever benefit from VPN, drive encryption, RDP and improved security. Much less in the corporate environment!
    But seriously, thanks for proving my point Mr. Lemming #8452. Instead of fully reading my comment, researching the new product and understanding what it's about you just go and jump on the hate bandwagon.
    There isn't a single thing that the old Start Menu did which the new Modern UI doesn't do better. It's more customizable, provides better information faster, more easily searchable and better organized. Of course, all these qualities are useless for non-touch desktops and the corporate environment. Jeez...
    I really couldn't care less if people who refuse to learn new things and accept innovation are given options to stay in the past. Just stop clogging the internet with posts about how 56k modems are better than broadband and you want MS to bring DOS back because that was so much more efficient....
  • In XP you could use the Start screen in classic mode or the new start screen. I preferred the new, but many users preferred the old. Why Microsoft decided this time not to afford users a choice I don't understand. Choices are good for those of us with enough brain power to make decisions. I suppose I just answered my own question. There aren't many of us non-morons left it would seem.
  • I was referring to the latter part of your comment re: the start menu screen, which is the topic of the article and what people are complaining about. The other stuff you mention is nice, but irrelevant to the conversation, and I never said any of those things weren't benefits. How am I on the "hate bandwagon"? I have Windows 8, both at work and at home. I said "I'm not a fan of the start screen at work as I find it far more cumbersome and less efficient than the old start menu". Everything you mention is fine for touch screens, or personal use, but it gets in the way and slows me down when I'm trying to get things done. I didn't express my outrage over Windows 8 as a whole - I just said I wasn't a fan of the start screen. Quick, grab the pitchforks! Someone doesn't like the same thing you do!!! You seem to love putting words in peoples mouths to prove points that only exist in your head. DOS and 56k modems? What are you smoking? You should call yourself Straw Man, because you certainly love straw man arguments. My point was that blinding following "innovation" is just as lemming-like as those refusing to follow it. Just because something is "new" doesn't mean it's "innovative" - that's something the Apple keynote speakers don't realise! haha I think the start screen has potential, it's just not quite there yet but could be after a couple of revisions with more focus on desktop users.
  • You replied to a comment I made in reply to Jim_MAY. He said: Win 8 is definitely not made for the corporate environment Microsoft's biggest mistake. This comment struck me as ignorant, so I proceeded to note some major improvements that Windows 8 (and Server 2012) offer the corporate environment.  I called the new Modern UI innovation not because it is new, but because it is innovative. Over the years the start menu has become outdated and near-useless. As you yourself mentioned in another comment, in Windows 7 searching through the un-organized list of programs is rather pointless when you can simply search for what you want and get to it much more quickly. I continue to use Windows 7 at work and try to avoid hitting "all-programs" like it's a productivity plague. Yes, Modern UI is Microsoft's attempt at merging touch interfaces with the desktop environment. It is my opinion that this is a great goal for both Microsoft as a company and all of us that use their products, but that is besides the point. What I meant by saying that you were jumping on the "hate bandwagon" is that you, like almost everyone else against Modern UI, are entrenched in a train of thought dictating that because Modern UI is touch-interface-friendly it must be less efficient on the desktop. In my experience, there is absolutely nothing that I miss from the old Start Menu. Anything it did I can do in Modern UI, typically more easily. I use the interface in my desktop PC as well as my girlfriend's laptop. I have a Windows 8 Phone which has a similar interface, and have played around with the Surface RT, which I happen to think is a brilliant product. The interface is sleek, modern and efficient across every platform.  Maintaining the look and feel and the user experience across the whole spectrum of products is Microsoft's vision, one which is much more innovative than companies like Google and Apple allow for themselves. The latter part of my comment, the one you claim to address, was intended as a jab at said companies (Apple in particular) who rely on marketing to make everyone believe they're innovating rather than actually doing it.  I apologize for the assumption I made in replying to your comment (that you were an uninformed end-user who is simply spouting off complaints without even trying the product). It is simply how it came off, given your assumption that I was suggesting people blindly assume anything new is innovative. I do, however, maintain that what you and many others keep saying - that Modern UI sacrifices desktop compatibility for touch-screen functionality - is completely wrong. Choices... choices are generally good, but not always. I like Windows over OS X because it offers choices. I like Windows over Linux because it doesn't offer so many choices that simple tasks become a hassle. In this case, Microsoft's vision is to unify their platform so as to streamline usage for everyone. If they offered people the option to revert back to the old interface then they would be shooting themselves in the foot.  The beauty of Windows, though, is that there's always a 3rd party alternative to fix what you don't like. That's fine. Like others have said, if it bothers you enough that you will go out of your way to install a less-than-perfect 3rd party application to resolve it, then suit yourself. To have big-name companies like this (and Lenovo) including alternatives as a standard, though, is a bit scary as it may have the (unintended?) effect of stunting the platform's growth. As for your straw-man argument comment, you gave me a simplistic complaint and I provided a simplistic retort. I wouldn't take that as an argument :)
  • You make a lot of very good points, and I agree with most of them... But I did have a few comments:
      "because Modern UI is touch-interface-friendly it must be less efficient on the desktop"
      I might be mincing words here, but it's about cause-and-effect. I (and others) don't go from seeing it is touch-friendly to assuming it will therefore be less efficient. I start with realising that it actually IS less efficient, after repeated use, and believe that the reason might be because it was made touch-friendly first.
      The start screen is actually the thing I dislike least, as it does have many good points. But the more I used the charms-bar and app-switcher, the more I hated using them. I shouldn't have to go to the corner of the screen and waggle about to make some hidden thing appear. It's unintuitive and less efficient than clicking a button.
      I had to look up the keyboard shortcuts and use those instead. It's definitely easier that way, however, I think this is a workaround and not a solution - especially for less technical people who can't/won't remember keyboard shortcuts.
      I'd prefer to have it bound into right-click or middle-click or even some gesture that I can make anywhere on the screen. But the reality is, that the easiest way is to put a button on the screen for people to access.
      "that Modern UI sacrifices desktop compatibility for touch-screen functionality - is completely wrong"
      I just think that they didn't quite hit the mark with it. It's not a failure, they're probably 90% there already - they just need to tweak it a bit more to suit desktop users. 8.1 will hopefully address a lot, if not all, of the issues.
      "If they offered people the option to revert back to the old interface then they would be shooting themselves in the foot"
      I agree and don't think they should revert back... they should just give people a lot of the things they liked from Windows 7 such as the most used programs. It sounds like this is addressed in 8.1 too. 
      At this point let's agree to disagree, and reconvene after 8.1 is released ;)
  • Fair enough :)
    By the way, if you're really interested in seeing what 8.1 has to offer they do have the Consumer Preview available.
  • I disagree. I don't miss the start menu at all. my start screen is fully customized into neatly organized groups of desktop applications I use most often and some live tiles for quick glancable info. i access it with the press of a button and know exactly where I've placed every tile for every program I use, programs that coupled with the performance enhancements of W8 and my SSD load up instantly in the desktop environment. far more efficient and faster than scrolling through an alphabetized list if you ask me. don't miss it at all. only thing I thought was counter intuitive for a traditional mouse and keyb was not having a visual cue of where to click to bring up the start screen as most desktop users wouldn't rely on a hardware button to go home like on mobile devices. I like they are adding a button instead of having to guess there's an invisible hotspot below the corner.
  • I appreciate your snark and sarcasm. Well done and good day to you sir!
  • Well thankfully I worked in an environment that required us to use Windows 8 and we all loved it. Even the manager! (For context, I work as a development team leader for a company providing software to the fire and rescue services in the UK)
  • Yes, but they were never preloaded with OEM hardware before.
  • Not again
  • If it ain't broke don't fix it...
  • +1
  • Then we would have no technology at all.
  • You mean like going from command line to a GUI? It maybe going from Windows groups in 3.1 to the Start menu? Or making a crazy crayola GUI that removes 8 bit and 16bit legacy support? All those things had people saying if it isn't broke don't fix it also. Guess what? Change is mandatory for progress. I will be using all these comments like yours when I remind people yet again how they always complain when something is changed only to try and hold onto that change in 6 years later....
  • What I meant was that the start menu right now perfectly fine and we shouldn't have to try to fix it, just let it be.
  • I would be fine with this if it was a MICROSOFT MADE CLEARLY MARKED SETTING. Right now, Windows is becoming fragmented. Sad.
  • True. If they give people more options, which they clearly want, we wouldn't be running into this problem.
  • Windows 8.1
  • Thankfully this appears to be opt-in (as opposed to Lenovo's deal which is an opt-out scenario). I see no harm in giving users an option to get a Start menu replacement. After all, that's one of the reasons Windows is so popular: you can customize it to your heart's content. But when you force it down people's throats, that's when I call foul.
  • Furthermore, this doesn't look half as hideous as the other options. It stays true to the "flatness" of Metro UI and the overall look is simple and similar to the menu in Windows 7. I'm all for flexibility if the user requires it but it is pretty obvious some ways are better than the others...this is one such example. Almost looks like Microsoft made it (even has a shortcut to the Windows 8 Start Screen). That said. I see absolutely nothing wrong with Windows 8's Start Screen and can find no reason to 'replace' it. Oh well.
  • Do what apple and the rest of the them would do... Make the next update block this garbage.
  • That's exactly what they should do.
  • Block customization and personalized addons? Be liken apple? Heresy I say... Go back to to mac!!!
  • If its going to take away from the growth of Windows 8 and the actual Apps (which this will)...then yes...kill it.
  • I'd love to see that happen.
  • You mean like 8.1?
  • I was worried that I'd miss the start button, but that wasn't a problem. You can just right click the bottom left and have more options than W7 (or at least more that I use).
  • Except when you're using RDP and it's not running full screen. Good luck getting to that left edge.
  • There is a "Windows button" on the keyboard as well as the right "Charm menu". How many more Start/Windows buttons do you need.
  • Clearly, you've never used RDP. I rest my case. 
  • Actually, I agree with sholokov. I use RDP every day. I have no issues with 8. There are many ways to get to the start button.
  • I use it everyday at work. The OSK has buttons for charms etc.
  • RDP could be a pain. Teamviewer has been updated to include shortcut buttons for start and charms (similar to a shortcut button for Ctrl-Alt-Del). Maybe RDP could be updated to include that too?
  • Yeah it is extremely difficult with windowed RDPs. It is the only reason the start button needed to come back.
     
  • Personally I couldn't wait to get rid of the overrated heap of crap (in my opinion of course!). If you really wanted to find something the search would never work properly and you'd end up having the entire screen covered in cascading folders and menus ... ughh! Of course I realize I'm in an apparent minority here, but we all didn't love the f#$king start menu!
  • The companies are just doing what Microsoft refuses to do: attend to their customers wishes.
    Maybe when tons of them are doing that, Microsoft will stop acting like the stubborn child and put the Star Button Menus back in Windows desktop mode.
     
    That "bridge" is a bridge that will colapse sooner or later. Furthermore, these add-ons don't go against the Metro-screen idea. They just add functionality to the desktop mode without the stupid screen-jumping that Microsoft has imposed on W8.
     
    The only thing Microsoft should frown upon is the huge amounts of money they charge for these apps...BUT, again, it's a service and only those willing to pay will pay for it.
     
  • Agreed.
  • It's in 8.1, you know that right?
  • No, 8.1 just adds the start button. It doesn't shrink the start menu back to claustrophobic useless mode.
  • http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2597
     
    Microsoft engineers observed the way users used windows, they listened to feedback, and using this data they created the start screen and the ribbon bar in explorer. Quite literally they created this by listening to users. Go look up some of the blog posts of MS engineers.
     
    I for one respect that MS is sticking to their design- it's better, and you don't have to like it but if you want to use something less efficient then go ahead and do it yourself.
     
    The biggest problem is people don't want to try new things, so how could they reasonably expect people to try the new interface if they allowed you to use the old one? It wouldn't matter if the new interfac shit money- people like you would rather use the old one than try something new (god forbid).
  • When Win8  first came out I gave Start8 a try on my non-touch laptop, but once I got used to the Win8 interface using my Surface (without Start8) I found the Start8 menu mostly uneccessary even on a non-touch PC.
    However for the old start menu to be completely obsolete, Microsoft needs to make it easier to find certain Windows features and advanced user controls in Windows 8 insted of having to use the Search feature, because Search is only useful when you know what you are looking for and I for one don't care to keep remembering the names of all MS Win tools for me to find them.
    Secondly Microsoft also needs to put back into Win8 advanced wifi network configuration feature UIs that are in Win7 without having to use command prompt in Win8 to use them.
     
  • Win+X, boom. Yes, you can customize it. What "advanced UI" is present in 7 but not 8 for network? I think you just can't find it...
  • Next time try to use Bing to search for it yourself before dismissing it as not true.
    http://blog.randomdust.com/index.php/2012/07/windows-8-missing-manage-wireless-networks/
    This is just the first link I found there a lot of others that mention this deficiency from Windows 8 as well.
    .
    And it is a major issue for those that just can't bother doing it throug command prompt. Not to mention that you can no longer set up ad-hoc wifi networks in Win8 something I use often on my Win7 Desktop.
     
  • I have been able to manage every type of wireless network I could in Win 7. I have been able to connect to our corporate WiFi that uses mac adress SSID visibility and it uses AD passthrough authentication. That's about the most advanced WiFi I have ever encountered.
  • hmm.
     
    Ad hoc isn't actually an issue though, unless you have older hardware. You can use netsh to create a network where your computer is the router, but your wireless adapter needs to support it. I've encountered one machine that didn't support it though. I'm sure if I looked I could find a third party program to set up true ad hoc.
  • The problem with netsh is that you need to use cmd because MS did not bother to create UIs for it, which is a real shame as I don't really like working in cmd.
     
     
  • Oh come now, learning a few basic commands is so easy a caveman can do it, and typing is always faster than mousing around a UI. However if you really couldn't be bothered to remember, it's as easy as writing two batch scripts- one to turn on hosted wlan, and another to turn it off.
  • Yeah..set up ad hoc Network was easier in windows7, i really miss this feature.
  • Agreed, it makes it difficult to find what you need without a start menu.
  • It's not difficult. It's just differant. People are lemmings and hate chamge.
     
     
  • Keep it pure, OEMs...
  • www.pokki.com better than original start menu!!!
  • No thanks. I am not going to ruin my W8 experience by installing something that looks like Android.
  • By better you mean something that looks like a cheap imitation of a badly done XP skin and adds no useful functionality?
    Yeah.
  • I like the live tiles of the START screen. What I don't like is when you install software it's automatically pinned making it unorganized. It's annoying especially if you have named groups.
  • That behavior is no longer there in Windows 8.1
  • Good thing that they are fixing that with Windows 8.1 :D
  • windows 8.1 rtm and its leaked on internet and you keep talking about win8.0? you need to find whats new in 8.1 really :)
  • This shit needs to stop. People need to grow up and adopt. I use Windows 8 all day, and I'm a front end developer and designer.
  • Well sadly, some don't. If Microsoft wants sales, they need to allow this stuff. Why do you think they are adding the start button back? Not because Microsoft feels it's good, they are listening to the complaints that windows 7 is better because it has a stupid button. -_-
  • Wpcentral editors have you lost all ability to see clearly and think critically? "tearing down Microsoft bridge to the future" LOL They are doing what Microsoft should have done. Allow the option for the old start menu! Hell Microsoft use to offer the classic shell for those windows users who refused to move to aero and look where aero is now - gone. So stop making a big deal about companies and OEMs who is in the business of making money and that means they need to make their product attractive. Blame Microsoft for their shoddy rickety bridge to the future that tossed users who don't know how to swim into the deep metro ocean to drown!
  • The reason Microsoft did not want to put the "option" in was because they knew that the majority of people would put it back on and simply ignore the new interface. They were trying to get rid of the old thinking of how design and digital interaction worked. So I would say that wpcentral was correct in saying "tearing down Microsoft's bridge to the future".
  • They nailed it. This is just more people refusing to learn something new. Almost everyone that uses it, eventually sees it is better without the UNNECESSARY and cluttery start menu.
  • The Start menu as you knew it from 95 to Win 7 is not needed. I am glad they didn't bring it back in 8.1. When you actually sit down and learn the differences 8 is vastly more productive and quicker doing power user tasks than 7 was. I am more if a power user than 99% of the computer users out there and can do everything I did before faster and easier. The start menu is tired and old, let it due in piece. Dint be lazy and learn something new.
  • Agree!
  • Agree too !
  • W8 wasn't meant to be more of the same. This was a bold step for Microsoft. I, for one, like the new interface. Give it a chance, stop trying to make it what it was.
  • Since this is installed on primarily a Mac users system it makes sense for them not to be confused. They get very confused by the lack of a button or icon. Us Windows users just uninstall the Poki software.
  • It'll be fine.
  • Who cares if I want to add something I'll do it it WINDOWS
  • Idk why everyone talks so much trash about win8 its actually so nice and clean.. I dont even miss that start button
  • I don't know why they didn't keep an option to have a start button to begin with.
  • Because it's literally a waste of pixels that could be used to show an icon on the taskbar?
  • So you're telling me you have your entire taskbar filled with icons? Don't they realize older folks don't like change? Personally, without a touch screen I'm getting quite sick of Windows 8's navigation features. I'm seriously considering investing in Start8 and Modern Mix.
  • Don't listen to these smart-asses. Windows 8.1 will help a lot if you really need your start button.
    On the 8.1 preview (which won't be exactly the same as 8.1 when it's actually released in October) when you right click the Start button, it bring up a list like the old start menu with settings & control panel links, a shutdown down button and some other things.
  • It did that in 8 also. That feature has always been there. You can also access it with Win+X
  • Its not change. Its the same start screen. Just bigger and with tiles.
  • Don't you realize that as you run programs, your taskbar shows you what programs are running? And I actually have an old umpc with a really tiny resolution I made into a car radio. I use the taskbar for the media controls- play/pause/next/etc. If the start button were there, I wouldn't have enough room for all the icons. Why do you need a visual indicator? Do you forget where it is? Do you forget you have a button dedicated to it on your keyboard?
  • I think its more about having a list of program & things that aren't currently running.
    Hopefully no one has trouble finding programs that they are using. LOL
    And it's not about having the Start button visually present, but what happens when you click the Start button.
    I have no problem with it, but I see how it's not as convenient for a lot of people.
  • Yes, when my tablet is in portrait mode I frequently run out of taskbar space. The only good thing about the wasted spot is that now win+x is easily accessible when you don't have a keyboard.
  • I see this one provides access to the start screen rather than disabling metro completely, which is a step up from the others. I think. Haven't actually tried any others. I recognize that the start screen is logically superior to the start menu in every way, but we can't all be perfect. Metro/modernUI apps have their uses, yes even on desktops, and when people finally stop bitching and moaning about "ugh apps on a desktop!" they'll see the usefulness too.
  • Do people really have that much of an issue not having the start button? I almost never used it in xp and by win8 I completely lost the need for it. For crying out loud what is everyone 90 and have bad time adopting to small tweaks like that?
  • You know, if fear of new wasn't so strong, people would figure out how to work Windows 8 rather quickly and wouldn't need this.
    ...
    If people really use these add-ons that much, then it will do one of two things (or both), it will fill a need and make people happy or it will force MS to make a solution beyond what they have already done with 8.1. Either way, no big deal as I see it.
  • So what the big 'future'? 
    To be in a water tight compartment with little or no option to customize was the reason i never liked Mac OS and iOS. 
    Adding mere start menu is not a fragmentation but actually a 'bridge' between those who are power users and those traditional Windows OS users who are not tech savvy. Anyway it is an option - so who dont need to use can leave the option but for those adopting the new operating system and are traditionalists (that start button is a headstart which will help them to adjust and of course they will slowly try out the new Metro UI). If the Metro UI is superior it will stand strong but if it is inferior it will eventually crumble... if  the metro UI is as good as it is claimed to be no need to fear everyone will eventually jump to it.
    If they want to make the Windows UI truly Metro let them do away with the Desktop Mode and place more options on the Metro UI, with no need to click and open the Desktop mode. MSFT herself could not achieve the true Metro environment . So adding a mere start menu is not a big disaster.
  • So I really don't understand what the big deal is with the Start Button. Ppl just need yo get over it. Is it really that important? No.
  • You know, I've found that I don't need it anymore once I learned the new UI, but it sure was convenient particularly on non-touch PCs, and I can understand people's frustration when you spend 15 minutes looking for control panel the first time. LOL
  • The search couldn't be easier. Type "control panel". Its also ALWAYS been on the side bar of file directory. That never changed.
  • Search is great... except when you forgot/don't know the name of what your looking for.
  • Win+X and then press P