Microsoft Removes Start Button in Windows 8 “Consumer Preview”, Adds Hot Corner [Poll]

By Akemi Iwaya on February 7th, 2012

The move to the new Metro UI as the default for Windows 8 has stirred up a good bit of controversy since its introduction this past Fall. Now Microsoft is taking another step in this new direction with the removal of the Start Button in the upcoming “Consumer Preview”.

As you can see in the final “pre Consumer Preview” build screenshots above and below, the Super Bar remains intact, but definitely lacks the classic Start Button that we have all been accustomed to seeing. Instead you will have a “Hot Corner” available that will display a thumbnail-like user interface (Metro and desktop modes) for accessing the Windows desktop and Start Screen.

Here are some additional screenshots from the PCBeta forum…

A look at the Apps Display…

And a view of Internet Explorer 10.

What do you think? Is this a good move or a bad one? Is this another Vista in the making? Make sure to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[polldaddy poll=”5919142″]

Screenshots courtesy of PCBeta.

[via FavBrowser, CNet News, The Verge, Softpedia News, and PCBeta]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/7/12
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