Is typing in Windows 8 to call up a program like using the command line? In some ways yes. In other ways no.
As Charlie pointed out, you don't need to know the file path or the exact file name to run the application.
Is using the hierarchical file structure in Windows 7 faster or more efficient than typing the file name in Windows 8? Sometimes, maybe.
But let's take calculator for an example. Let's assume that I don't have a calculator key on my keyboard. If I want to add some numbers up quickly I would do the following:
Take my right hand off the keyboard and use the mouse.
Click the Start Button
Click All Programs
Find Calculator on the list and click it.
Return my right hand to the number pad and start adding
In Windows 8
If you are not on the Start Screen, hit the Windows key
Type C-A-L-C + Enter
In this case, typing is much faster and more efficient.
Yes, it is a new/old way to open programs and it may be a shocker to people who are used to mousing around the All Programs menu but I think most people will welcome it if it is explained to them.
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