The Start button has been an important part of the Windows operating system for years. However, it looks like that has changed in Windows 8. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been out for a few weeks now, and one of the biggest complaints that people have levied against the new operating system is the fact that it doesn’t have a Start button.

Why would Microsoft remove the Start button? Well, the software giant has finally provided a reason behind their controversial decision.

MaximumPC reports that a principal program manager at Microsoft says people weren’t using the Start button as much in Windows 7. Instead, they were pinning programs to the program dock, making the Start button virtually irrelevant. In addition, people were using shortcuts like Windows Key + 1, 2, 3, and 4 in order to open programs on their Start bar.

Microsoft sensed an opportunity to make the interface more streamlined than ever, and that’s why the Start menu will not appear in Windows 8.

We have to disagree with Microsoft here. Sure, some people don’t use the Start menu as much in Windows 7, but that doesn’t mean that those same people want the button completely removed. After all, are older computer users really going to start learning program shortcuts from the taskbar? We don’t think so.

Do you still use the Start button? Is it going to take a long time to adjust to Windows 8’s interface change? Let us know in the comments!

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