Windows 8: Metro A Better Replacement To Start Menu Button

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON July 29th, 2012

Every product launched has to face criticism because no product is perfect when it comes out of the box, so is the case with Windows 8. But many opinions and criticism about Windows 8 is based on misconceptions, specially when we talk about the absence of Start Menu Button.

There is been a lot of discussion on many public forums and you will find some people opposing the removal of Start Menu Button. I can bet, many of them, opposing the Start Button removal have not even used Windows 8 yet, because METRO is basically identical to the Start Menu Button.

Metro Vs Start Button

The basic function of the Start Menu Button is Quick Navigation. With a single mouse click or keystroke, one can get access to the list of most used applications, pinned applications, Windows destinations as well as the ability to search quickly for programs and files.

Metro offers the same as all discussed above. By clicking the same spot or stroking the same key, one can easily find the list of most used applications, pinned applications, Windows destinations and can perform system wide search.

The Difference

One of the basic difference between Start Menu Button and Metro is Metro’s full screen and tiled presentation. Many people give the argument that its full screen hinders multitasking and it blocks the vision of desktop. Seems to be a sound argument, but if we analyze  it practically, we will realize that we have never used Start Menu longer than a couple of seconds and same is the case with Metro, as it is used to launch the programs which probably take three or little more seconds, it really doesn’t seem to be interrupting your other tasks.

In fact, Metro improves multitasking and reduces the interruptions due to presence of Live Tiles. Live tiles are supposed to show auto updated data, for example, Weather, Finance, Calender, etc. Metro can update you with a bundle of information without a constant distracting refresh as in desktop gadgets and system tray icon.

If you are not using live tiles, Metro’s full screen will still be helpful for you because the Start Menu shows 10 applications by default and this number of applications can be increased up to 30 and still if your desired application cannot be adjusted, then you will have to dig more deeper into “All Programs” list, which is very less likely to occur in Metro because it can hold over 100 tiles.

Metro can be SKIPPED

Still if you are not convinced with the utilities of Metro, then you can also run Windows 8 without ever opening to Metro. Many people think that only Metro is synonymous to Windows 8, which simply is not true. If you want to avoid Metro, it is very easy because Windows 8 is refined version of Windows 7, as Windows 7 was a refined version of Vista, and one can easily install Windows 8 by booting to Desktop Interface, bypassing the Metro completely.

Metro has a basic purpose to give a single UI for all PCs, Tablets and Windows phones. As it is not officially launched, probably work is still in progress, so criticizers should wait for the improvements that Microsoft will surely be making in it.