The pcpro.co.uk reported in their official website that Microsoft claims it took the controversial decision to remove the Start button from the traditional Windows desktop because people had stopped using it. He is Chaitanya Sareen, Manager of Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program said that to PC Pro at TechEd in Amsterdam.
The menu of Start button on the Windows 8 desktop has been one of the most divisive elements of the new user interface. It had been widely assumed that Microsoft removed the Start button to force people to familiarize themselves with the new Metro Start screen, which is the centrepiece of the Windows 8 overhaul.
Chaitanya Sareen said "When we evolved the taskbar we saw awesome adoption of pinning [applications] on the taskbar. We are seeing people pin like crazy. And so we saw the Start menu usage dramatically dropping, and that gave us an option. We’re saying ‘look, Start menu usage is dropping, what can we do about it? What can we do with the Start menu to revive it, to give it some new identity, give it some new power?’"
"So I’m a desktop user, I pin the browser, Explorer, whatever my apps are. I don’t go the Start menu as often. If you’re going to the Start screen now, we’re going to unlock a whole new set of scenarios, or you can choose not to go there, stay in the desktop, and it’s still fast. You can’t beat the taskbar."
He is also claims It’s so fast, that people are taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts to open applications, instead of resorting to the Start menu. "Press the Windows key and 1 and you’re already in IE [if IE is the first item pinned to your taskbar]. ."
Windows 8 desktops
Sareen was also quick to dismiss criticism that the Windows 8 interface is better suited to touchscreen devices than laptops and desktops. Windows 8 interface "really works well with the mouse and keyboard", highlighting features such as the option to search for applications simply by starting to type its name on the Metro Start screen. Sareen insisted that the touchpad drivers were still "very, very early" and were "still being refined".