A lot of Windows users are absolutely livid about the new Metro UI and no Start button on the Desktop. Just browse through any Windows 8 forum. You’ll see hundreds of people complaining about the new OS not having a Start button, the Explorer Ribbon and of course, the Metro Start screen.
In fact former Windows employee Michael Bibik created the Fixing Windows 8 website to start a protest campaign.
Some people say the Metro UI should be on tablets only and the Desktop remain the same on computers.
I was initially hesitant about the new Metro UI and lack of the Start button. I’ve been testing out Windows 8 Consumer Preview since it was released and I’ve found it to be a fluid experience. Especially when using a dual screen setup. Just add an extra monitor, and automatically you’ll have the Metro UI on one screen and the Desktop view on the other.
People are afraid of change. Remember when the Ribbon was introduced in Office 2007? A lot of haters about that too. Don’t worry though, third party developers will come out with programs that bring Windows 8 back to its previous version. There’s already a couple of programs that bring back the Start Menu. My favorite so far is Start8 from StarDock. I wrote about it a few weeks ago.
I like it because while it does bring back the Start button, but it brings it up as the Metro UI. This gives you the best of both worlds. There are other groovy features and customizations you can do with it too.
Remember too, the new OS is still being developed. While the current Metro Apps are rather lame, there’s a lot of potential for some really cool functionality.
In my opinion, instead of complaining and wasting time professing frustration over the new architecture of Windows 8 — get used to it and you’ll be just fine. After all, Microsoft isn’t looking back.
What are your thoughts on the new Windows 8 interface? Anything goes in the comments if you aren’t insulting other users or being profane. Let the floodgates open!