I don't think Microsoft have quite got it right - clicking the Start button will open the Start Screen?
Why don't they just restore the Start Menu properly (Windows 7's), but have a static shortcut for the Start Screen on the Start Menu, if users wish to choose it. This would offer the best of both worlds.
won't be visible when they venture in Metro-land (unless you move your mouse into the corner). Still, you can't please everyone.
it isn't suitable for high PPI screens (see links below) and lacks the ability to display dynamic information as live tiles can (among many other things).
- High-PPI Toshiba Kirabook goes after Retina MacBook Pro
- HP Envy TouchSmart 14 Laptop has a 3,200 x 1,800 Screen
- Samsung's New 13-Inch Display has a Crazy 3,200 x 1,800 Pixel Resolution
I just feel as we're in a transition period, it's best to have both options. You then please customers who want to use Metro fully, customers who want the Start Menu/Desktop experience and users who want both. It's a no brainer to me.
The fact developers have gone to the effort to restore the Start Menu, as with Classic Shell, it's clearly what users want. Win 8 is better optimised than Win 7. I can't fault it here, it's just the interface that needs sorting as well as the GPO options.
Using it on server 2012, trying to RDP onto a box with no start menu is such a pain, hovering across the few pixels in the corner just seems like a bug to be honest, such poor user experience, I really cannot express how bad I think the GUI is! It is unfortunate as the dedupe + native NIC teaming is brilliant!!
Also why move on from something that works? Innovation for the sake of innovation is dumb.
^ Click to make bigger.
RSAT. There are lots of options.
The Start button is also going to be added back to Windows Server 2012 R2 so you won't be without it for long.
originally written for Windows 7 which obviously didn't have a Start Screen.
Developers are creating Start Menu's for Windows 8 because it's an extremely easy way to make money. If I could code, I would make one too, sell it for £1 and then retire after I became a millionaire.
Innovate or die?
Microsoft have gone down then route of innovate and die.
Full screen RDP is great, but what if I want to run in a window for any reason....
There is just so much poor thought in this product I can't understand why anyone is defending it
Microsoft got it right with XP - the new Start Menu, some loved, some hated, but you could restore it to the Classic Start Menu. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe XP is Microsoft's best ever selling OS. I do believe it's because of silly, but small options like this that make all the difference.
The whole argument that the original start menu wouldn't work with high PPI screens is a silly one. Microsoft could have made one which works with it. The issue is basically one of vector vs bitmap graphics...
No, Microsoft have done this simply because they want a slice of the walled garden "app store" approach to doing things.
They just haven't yet put any effort into dealing with business requirements.
I would deploy windows 8 if you could lock the home screen down more, configure it so specific apps are in specific places, and, obviously, stop the little devils changing the background. Love it on my desktop and tablet. You do get used to the new start screen, the only times I'm using a Modern app is for school emails (OWA Anywhere doesn't work through our LA's reverse proxy), and occasionally the people app for updating twitter. I use a lot more apps on my tablet, but that's because it's a tablet. *enter key still doesn't work in Metro IE*. The new features that are coming for Windows 8.1 look really good, but there is still a way to go, more GPO options please.
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