The Results are In! People Want the Start Menu in Windows 8

 

A couple weeks ago, we held an informal survey on the ReviverSoft Facebook Page and asked people how they felt about the Windows Start Menu being removed in Windows 8. The Start Menu has been present in Windows since Windows 95 was introduced over 16 years ago. This has been an extremely hot topic in the press; you can see PC World’s opinion here, and track all of the trending discussion about the topic here.

Everyone is welcome to their own opinion, but we were curious as to what the majority of people thought about this change by Microsoft, so we asked the following question to our Facebook fans:

“Windows 8 is going to be released without the traditional Windows Start Menu, instead you will have to use the Metro home screen to find what you need. Will you miss the Start Menu?”

The results were interesting, to say the least. With 296 people voting in the survey, only 5% of people said that they will not miss the Start Menu, and they barely use it, with the other 95% of people who voted not so confident about the change. Here is a summary of the votes:

175 people (59%) said that they would miss the Windows Start Menu and they use it for everything

95 people (32%) said they are not sure if they will miss it until they try it (If you want to try it you can find out how here)

16 people (5%) said they will not miss it.

The big questions are going to be: with such a significant amount of people either unsure or certain that they are going to miss the Start Menu, will this impact the amount of people who will upgrade to Windows 8? Only time will really tell here, and you can always choose to not upgrade. Although Microsoft had a flop with the release of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows 7 are both very stable and good performing operating systems, and there are few reasons to upgrade from one of these operating systems to Windows 8 unless you really want to. If you are still using Windows XP, you really should consider upgrading. Here are the reasons why.

If you missed the opportunity to place your vote, please feel free to post your comments on this post, we always love to hear from you!

For those interested, here is a graphical history of the evolution of the Windows Start Menu:

Windows 95

The first introduction of the Start Menu. Allowed easy navigation for programs and recently used documents.

Windows XP

Windows XP’s Start Menu introduced a frequently used and favorite programs section when opened, as well as more shortcuts for items most used by the average user.

Windows Vista

In windows Vista Microsoft debuted the search bar in the Start Menu, allowing for quicker access to programs, files and settings as long as you knew what you were looking for.

Windows 7

Only design tweaks between Windows Vista and Windows 7 for the Start Menu.

Windows 8

Taken from the consumer preview. This is same as the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) version that has been released. You can see that the desktop mode of Windows 8 has no Start Menu.

Mark

 

 

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  • Frank

    I had reservations about what MS did with Win 8.  After using it for a while, there is really no need for a start button.  You used to have to click on all programs, find the folder and then launch the app (unless you put the shortcut on your desk)
    With Metro, it is all shortcuts.  Actually saves time and, you can categorize your apps on the Metro screen.  People just need to get used to it.

  • reviversoft

    Hi Frank,
    You’re right that you can organize all your apps on the Start Screen, but it will take time for the average user to learn how to do that.

    ReviverSoft

  • L.

    The funny thing about all this is that most people who voted think all the functionality of the start menu is gone whereas most of the functions in the start menu aren’t removed but rearranged and moved around.. You could say that the charm bar is the new start menu (Search, Programs and apps, Personalization, Control Panel, Devices, Help and support and Power options are all accessible on the charm bar.) and that the programs and apps got a new full screen view instead of a small and cramped menu.Only the function to automatically display “common used programs” which was in the left part of the start menu, and the general “recent Items” are really removed. And only the functions to see “All Programs”, go to “Computer” and to “Default Programs” take one step more to use. The “My Locations” and “Computer” functions are like windows 7 accessible in Explorer in the folder tree which is a bit cluttered so that’s a step back as well as that the “default programs” is only accessible via the search function.All other functions are quite the same:Search – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen or one key on the keyboard and start typingAccess your programs – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen or press one keyPersonalization – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen or press one key and click the Personalization buttonControl Panel – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen and click “control panel”Help and Support – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen click helpPower options – Click one button on the side/corner of the screen click the power buttonDevices and Printers is even quicker in windows 8: it is directly on the charm bar so with one click you get to a menu with the most common device options.So if you take a closer look you can see we didn’t lose the start menu but we got an more advanced version. And then you can ask yourself what is the function that weird hot corner in the left bottom corner? I must conclude it serves no purpose. To put that in has only confused a lot of people.The charm bar is the new start menu. It’s just a shame Micosoft couldn’t explain that well enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.beare Mark Beare

    You are absolutely right. I think the biggest problem will be the learning curve. Everything is still there but you just can’t go through the Windows Start Menu to get to it. Ultimately people will get used to the new navigation style but every person who goes through the upgrade process is going to spend some time in unfamiliar territory until they work out where everything is and how to get to it (ie with keyboard shortcuts or through the hot corners rather than just going to the Start Menu).

  • steef74

    windows 8 is slower. its looks are good. but it does not work as fast and user friendly as you expect. MS office 2013 took me more than 45 minutes too install. its apps wont update at all.

    I think MS launched it too soon. looking fwd to the 8.1 version that (if not mistaken) will be released in june. hope this brings the necessary improvements

  • http://www.reviversoft.com/ Mark Beare

    Are the problems you are talking about on the desktop or on the ‘Modern/Metro’ side of Windows?

    It is strange that you are noticing that Windows 8 is significantly than other versions of Windows because it is pretty much the same as Windows 7 underneath (at least for the desktop). 8.1 will definitely have some great enhancements but it will not be publicly available till closer to Christmas (they will make a consumer preview available at the end of June though).

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