Window 8 Start Menu

Windows 8 has finally made inroads after much talking and wait. Windows fans across the world welcomed the final release of Windows 8 with open arms. After all, it was the much-anticipated and the smartest-ever release for computers of all brands. Lenovo launched a Windows 8-fitted Yoga notebook-cum-tablet while Dell also offered a similar product stuffed with Windows 8. Box, an online storage service has also launched a Windows 8 online storage version to help customers store contents in the cloud server using their Windows 8 devices. Other computer and Smartphone & tablet manufacturers and such companies have also come up with Windows 8-based solutions.

Hence proved the reason why Windows was much talked and much-awaited, not just by users but also by computer manufacturers, Smartphone & tablet makers, app developers, bloggers, columnists, and podcasters among others. With Windows 8 breaks one myth and that is “it’s a computer’s companion”. It’s not only a computer’s operating system anymore but is also tablet and Smartphone-friendly. It has much more than any other operating system available in the market for computers and other such gadgets.

On computers whether desktops or laptops, Windows 8 offers a blended experience of a computer and tablet. Like you touch and play with apps and programs on your tablet or Smartphone, in the same way you can touch your desktop or laptop computer and play with all what is there on it. In Windows 8’s impressions, Swipe, Tap, Click and Zoom. Windows 8 is the latest flick and trick by Microsoft to let customers know that their computers can do much more than they actually expected them to.

And in fact it seems true to me. When I got my hands on Windows 8, it really turned out to be a beautiful experience with a difference this time. However at the same time, I sensed that Microsoft has imposed a huge responsibility rather liability on the shoulders of customers, especially old users about using Windows 8. Once you start your computer, the Start screen loads up quickly showing up tiled-format apps and programs. Yes, there is no Desktop screen anymore. Desktop is just one of the many live tile options on the screen.

The Start screen has everything from your email, social networking site, weather news, explorer, messenger, calendar, camera, games, Bing, Skydrive, maps, music, Windows Store, to Desktop and many more things. With so many apps on your hand, you can simply do what you want right on the start screen. Click or tap a tile or shove it to read emails, update status on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, check weather news in your area, listen to music, capture and share photos, set up reminders, download from Windows Store, or search anything using Bing (I mean you can Bing now) among other things.

If you want the original Desktop screen like the one in Windows 7, Vista or XP, you will have to click the live Desktop tile on the Start screen. And there you will see the same, old desktop screen but with a beautiful difference. However, my agony was much related to the missing Start button on the Start screen. There is no Start button like the one you have been using in Windows since the time of Windows 95. The Start button is gone. It has been replaced with what they call is Charms bar. The bar has 5 instant options viz. Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings to let you search, share, bring up the Start screen back, locate devices to set up or connect, and customize settings.

Even the Desktop doesn’t have the Start button. The Charms bar remains there to help you navigate to different sections. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through documents, open Control Panel, or do miscellaneous things. On the desktop, you will find somewhat limited options to help it look neater and slicker. After evaluating and experimenting with the Desktop and Start screen, I zeroed in on that Microsoft has pushed a big change whose responsibility will be borne by users. Older customers, I seriously am worried about, will find it very difficult to cope up with this change. Without the Start button, it’ll be really difficult for old Windows users to navigate and access their documents, open Command Prompt, run Disk Defragmenter, pin favorite items, and do miscellaneous things which they would do without hitch and glitch in Windows 7, Vista or XP.

In a nutshell, I can say that Microsoft has promised to change the future of computing. And it may deliver to its promise without much fuss as Windows 8 is every bit the contemporary operating system. With the launch of Windows comes a huge change which may strike a blow in the faces of old customers. So what they would need is the continuous and humble Microsoft technical support for their technical needs. Not just old users but also those who aren’t proficient with computers may need Microsoft help to get their Windows 8 machines running successfully.