The W8 version of a start screen is much more difficult to use with a mouse. It requires more time, more clks and more mouse movements to do the same thing one can do in W7.
I have not used W8 on a touchscreen, but I would guess that a W7 menu would not be easy to use with fingers. A system that had a start BUTTON on the desktop which opened a W7 start MENU so that one could STAY on the desktop, or go to the corner and clk the Metro start BUTTON to get to the Metro menu would have been accepted in a heartbeat. IMHO.
1. The idea of getting a W7 start BUTTON back means getting a W7 start MENU. A W7 start button to get to the Metro "all programs" apps screen is very minor progress. It is still the metro start menu, though it does eliminate 2 mouse clicks and mouse movement if that is the screen that u want. I believe ppl's objection is not that the BUTTON is missing but that the MENU is missing.
2. One cannot organize shortcuts of an app in a folder on the Metro app screen - like MSOffice. All the sub-apps (word, excel, etc.) r all under the title of Microsoft Office which u must find and move to first, then u must find the app u want. because of the tiles and the text placement they r visually much less readable and require scrolling the screen - this requires much more time & mouse movement than a W7 start menu.
So if u can give us a REAL W7 MENU with that start button, millions of ppl will be very happy.
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