Microsoft Explains The New Windows 8 Start Screen

There has been a lot of debate on the viability of the new Start Screen that essentially replaces the old and familiar Start Menu that Windows users have grown accustomed to.

Windows 8 Start Menu

For many, the departure from habit is hard but acceptable and for some it is too unfamiliar and hence unfriendly. Microsoft decided to explain their motives behind the redesign to help the users and developers understand their motive behind it.

New Approach To Start Menu Explained By Microsoft

On the Building Windows 8 blog on the MSDN platform, program manager for the Core Experience Team at MSFT Alicia Steinglass explained why they had taken this new and almost radical approach to creating a start screen for Windows 8.

According to the post, the traditional start menu was very limited to adapt to the growing needs of the new OS. This led them to completely reimagine the way users would locate, launch and switch between apps.

The start menu, according to the minds that designed it, is not just a new Start Menu par se, it is a new too altogether that will help users launch, search and switch apps in a faster, more efficient manner. It is a dynamic tool with a display that features constantly updated tiles to help the users take in a lot of updated information at a glance.

It essentially represents a whole new way to look at the whole process of getting started with the OS. It gives you an instant look at the things that you always use. You can of course customize what you display on the screen and hence you will be greeted with whatever you have selected to see. You will see snippets of news items, blog updates, websites and you can even group apps together and hence get a better control over how you interact with a lot of apps.

You can then easily remove the app from sight by unpinning it if you don’t want to see or you can pin it on the front page if you use it regularly like the IE browser.

Published: Saturday, October 8th, 2011 Last Modified: April 2, 2012

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