Poll: Is the lack of a Start Button in Windows 8 really a big deal?

A simple question: is the lack of a Start Button in Windows 8 really a big deal or is it just an excuse to feign angst?

Alright, I am a bit of a skeptic (some say cynic) — I think we have established that fact often in this blog. So, it is in that frame of mind that I find recent blogosphere headlines about the lack of a Start Button in the latest "leaked" version of Microsoft Windows 8 to be just a little over the top. Getting all worked up over the hint of a change found in an unofficial version of Microsoft's new operating system is just such a waste of brain power.

Until the latest official beta version is released, which seems to be February 29, 2012, according to Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet, there is really no reason to get upset and rant about how Microsoft has lost its way and how Windows 8 sucks and blah, blah, blah. Well, no reason unless your intention is to tap into the irrational Microsoft haters that hang around on the Internet looking for forums to air their particular rant.

What do you think? Are you in anguish over the possibility that there will be no Start Button in Windows 8? Can you wait for the Windows 8 beta patiently and quietly or do you feel the need to vent about it even though you have little facts on which to base your rant? Do you think it would be more constructive to wait for the actual beta before we choose to amp up the outrage?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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