We got a start button / start menu up and running this afternoon.
I’ve already seen a lot of Microsoft fanboys complaining about how “Stardock always makes Windows look old” which is pretty ironic since it was Stardock that first introduced Windows users to the concept of ZIP files as folders, widgets, gadgets, docks (which we were doing before OS X), side bars, shadows, GUI skinning, composited desktops, open file dialog short-cuts, file version revisioning, etc. etc.
What we do at Stardock is take Windows to try to make it better. Normally, it means adding new features to the OS. Having to bring back the Start button and Start menu is something, ideally, Microsoft will do before Windows 8 ships.
While Microsoft is at it, here’s a few other things that would be nice:
- Option to show Metro apps on the Windows desktop inside of window (there’s no reason they need to be full screen).
- High DPI mode
- Better multi monitor support
- Option to have the charm hot spots activate on mouse over rather than mousing over and clicking
- Being able to use the mouse to click drag around Metro (i.e. pretend the mouse is the finger)
- Some sort of…design understanding that 99% of Windows users will be using this as a desktop computer, not a tablet. I love tablets. I have several. I’ll happily use Windows 8 as a tablet. But when I’m at a desk, I have a keyboard and a mouse. PLEASE design the user experience with that in mind.