WindowsStartButton

On a recent Windows Weekly podcast Mary Jo Foley and Leo Laporte had me talking to my Zune HD (practically yelling) as they discussed if Microsoft got it wrong with Windows 8 by taking away the start button and forcing Metro full screen apps on users.  Leo’s main argument was around the fact that the reason people buy big screens is so that they can have multiple windows open at the same time on the same screen.  I really took exception to this.  Even with every version of Windows leading up to Windows 8 I have found that the majority of the time I keep all my applications open full screen.  I find it much more productive to use Alt+Tab to move between open full screen apps than to try to arrange the ten to twenty apps I have open at any one time.

I don’t have a ginormous screen, mostly because I am normally working mobile, but these days people aren’t buying bigger screens.  They are buying multiple screens and keeping an application full screen on each monitor.  I admit that I am very likely not the stereotypical Windows user, but there are enough people that I see running their machine the same way that I do.  I think that the people that are doing the complaining are actually a vocal minority.

In the end I find both the Metro Start screen with its full screen and snapped apps and the Windows 8 desktop to work very well and efficiently even on a non-touch laptop.  I do occasionally use a touch mouse which enhances the experience, but I believe Microsoft took the right approach even if it does cause a little discomfort.  Let’s improve the training as Dr. Pizza pointed out and stop complaining about things that actually work just fine.