Ballmer on Windows 8: Whole Screen Is a 'Start Button'
Microsoft launches new operating system
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 25, 2012 3:18 PM CDT
A person tries a Samsung tablet computer running Windows 8 at the launch.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Microsoft formally launched Windows 8 today, which, if you haven't heard, heralds the biggest change to the industry's dominant operating system in at least 17 years. It's designed to run on both PCs and tablet computers, and one of the biggest changes is the disappearance of the familiar start button at the lower left corner of the screen. Instead, there will be a new screen filled with a colorful array of tiles, each leading to a different application, task, or collection of files.

After his keynote in New York, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was asked by the Associated Press whether there was any chance of bringing it back. His reply: "You've got a whole screen as a start button," a reference to the screen of tiles. During the presentation, a Microsoft executive had noted that the start button was something people had to get used to when it was first introduced, suggesting that people will get used to the tile format, too. See some earlier reviews here, the company's own blog post here, and a walk-through by David Pogue of the New York Times here.

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Oct 26, 2012 8:24 PM CDT
The only reason this company exist is because of ignorant users. Please users, stop being ignorant and use other operating systems. There are 125 of them by last count.
Oct 26, 2012 2:09 AM CDT
So if it was launched today, why did they stop carrying windows 7 stuff months ago?
Oct 25, 2012 8:55 PM CDT
The concept might work on a tablet, but desktops aren't tablets. This is going to be worse than the Windows ME fiasco.