Unless you've been in a cave without Internet access (or if you couldn't care less about the topic), there will no longer be a Start button in Windows 8, Microsoft's newest operating system.
A Microsoft executive has now told us why:
People don't use it.
Yes, that's right. According to "trends" that Microsoft has "seen," Windows users, specifically Windows 7 users, pin things to the taskbar and use keyboard shortcuts in place of the old style Start button clicking and program-finding. At least most of the time.
This, they say, gave them some opportunity to do something different: remove it, I'm assuming, and replace it with the metro interface.
The executive, Chaitanya Sareen, a program manager at Microsoft, also says that the new interface isn't necessarily better for tablets and worse for desktops and other non-touch interfaces.
You can see the whole conversation in PC Pro's piece here:
Thoughts anyone? Do you still use your Start button?