Samsung brings back Start Menu for Windows 8 - Sort Of
Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:06 PM
Windows 8 changes a lot of things about how the operating system works, but one of the features Windows traditionalists will find jarring is the lack of a Start button. Although the button’s functions are still present in various places, users may miss its easy click-and-start-typing familiarity. Well, Samsung‘s bringing it back.
The all-in-one PCs Samsung unveiled this morning are the first Windows machines to sport the S Launcher, a simple widget that acts just like the old start button: Click, start typing (say “keyboard”) and it instantly shows you the settings and apps that relate to your term. There’s also a separate settings icon for quick access to the most commonly needed controls.
Sure, Windows 8 has native ways to search your system and call up settings, but as others have observed it’s not always in the most intuitive places. To anyone who’s been using Windows for a long time (read: the whole world), Samsung’s S Launcher is like seeing an old friend in a new country — it’s very reassuring.
And of course, the S Launcher is also a launcher. Simply drag apps or files to it for easy access, tossing them off when you don’t want them anymore. Nothing groundbreaking in that, but it doesn’t hurt, either, and the icons are bigger than in the Windows taskbar.
The settings icon is helpful, too. Windows 8 moves your computer settings to different places, and Samsung’s custom settings saves you the trouble of finding out where. It gathers many everyday controls — including user accounts, power management, display settings and sound — into one spot on the desktop.
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My take of it :Ok, honestly, it's a desktop widget, but it is made to act like the Start Menu. It looks like an interpretation of the old familiar friend.
Glad to see that some one else besides me is trying to bring back the start Menu...
Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:34 PM
Exactly. It is software like this by OEMs that caused the desktop to be such a slow and inconsistent experience for most users out there. Unlike what Preath said, this is not about giving choice at all. Samsung makes hardware, they should offer choice by providing hardware and leave the software untouched!
It's crap like this that made Microsoft release the Surface in the first place. Apparently, they didn't get the hint.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the reason why the desktop has to die.
Edited by FalseAgent, 29 August 2012 - 01:36 PM.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:30 AM
So people like Start8 but not the S launcher?
Let me quote this:
Start8 is better than Samsung's S Launcher because it not only gives you the start menu in Win8 but also comes with the start button.
Aaaand probably because Start8 looks exactly like Windows 7's start menu, unlike S Launcher, which only slightly resembles it. Well, S Launcher is not bad, but Start8 is definitely better.