Is The Addition Of Metro Really That Bad Of A Change For Power Users?

windows8-590x331 If you hover to the lower left corner where the start button used to be, right click. Doing so will reveal a menu that has access to things like device manager, command prompt, run, control panel, power options and more. In fact there is even a way to still see all your programs like the old start menu (at least it is sort of like the old start menu’s programs). Clicking the search option on this taskbar menu brings up an app screen that has all Metro and even many non-Metro apps easily displayed. [caption id="attachment_14375" align="aligncenter" width="590"]006909 Windows Metro’s alternative to Start Menu’s Programs List[/caption] As you can see, it is even still categorized in a manner very similar to “Programs” in Windows 7 and earlier, just running in full-screen mode. So, with Windows 8 you get Metro and everything you liked about Windows 7, except you have to put up with a little bit of change to the way certain things like start menu work. This may be a deal-breaker for some, and I totally respect that. My best advice? Microsoft has likely made up their mind and they won’t be including an official start menu behind the alternative methods I mentioned above. So you are stuck with either finding a decent 3rd party start menu add-on or you should just stick with Windows 7 until you are forced to make the switch for program compatibility reasons. Windows 7 brought major change because they saw that users didn’t take well to Vista and were sticking with XP. Windows 7 wanted to finally get users to move on to XP. If enough users truly find they are unwilling to deal with Metro and stick to Windows 7, it is at least somewhat possible MS would add a start menu option to Windows 9. For the rest of us though, Windows 8 is shaping up to be a powerful OS. Sure, it introduces some changes. Ultimately though, I’m really starting to like what I see. What do you think about Windows 8 so far? Will you be switching to Windows 8 or hanging on to older versions of Windows as long as you possibly can? Or conversely, are you making the switch to Linux or OSX as a result of Windows 8? Share your thoughts below.]]>

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