The new start screen in Windows 8 has been the topic of discussion on the Building Windows 8 blog since the launch of Windows 8 developer preview.So in order to discus various issues and get feedback from the users Microsoft has started a new series of posts on its blog.
So why suddenly Microsoft felt the need to move to a fullscreen launcher? What were the problems with the current Start Menu in Windows 7? According to Microsoft’s gatherings, the usage of the Start Menu actually decreased from Windows Vista to Windows 7. The evolution of the Windows taskbar directly impacted the Start menu. What once was locked behind a menu suddenly came closer to you. The most obvious advancements were the introduction of Quick Launch by Internet Explorer 4.0’s Windows Desktop Update in 1997, as well as the more recent taskbar pinning in Windows 7.
Pinning Explorer by default to the taskbar and populating its Jump list with common folders makes it even easier to access system folders like Documents (not surprisingly, use of Documents in Start has also dropped, as shown below).
As Steven Sinofsky summarizes,” the taskbar has evolved to replace many aspects of the Start menu. You can even say the taskbar reveals many of the weaknesses of the Start menu and that the menu is no longer as valuable as it once was long ago. Search and access to All Programs are still unique strengths of the Start menu that we know you depend upon, but when it comes to the apps you use every day, one-click access from the taskbar is hard to beat. In fact, we sometimes even referred to the taskbar in Windows 7 as the “Start bar,” since it became clear that most people now start with the bar, rather than with the menu.”
Image Credits: Building Windows 8 blog