17 years ago, on the back of a huge advertising campaign, Microsoft launched one of the most recognizable mainstays of computing: the Start button.
In Windows 8, Microsoft is killing the Start button. Come fall and the release of the new operating system the corner-hugging Windows flag will vanish, replaced by a soulless “hot corner.” Now, instead of clicking the Start button to flip to the new full-screen Metro-style Start Screen, you simply flick your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen; or touch it with your finger, of course.
It seems unbelievable that Microsoft would kill one of its strongest trademarks just to squeeze in one more app icon onto the Super Bar — but then again, this is the same Microsoft that killed the Start menu and replaced it with a full-screen launcher. Microsoft will release the Windows 8 Consumer Preview public beta in a couple of weeks.