Ballmer: We Won’t Bring Back the Start Button

Microsoft’s CEO emphasizes that consumers should get used to the Start Screen

Steve Ballmer officially unveiled the new Windows 8 operating system yesterday, but this new product remains one of the most wildly criticized in the history of the company.

The lack of the traditional Start button makes it confusing for most users, but Microsoft has already emphasized that it’s just a matter of time until everybody gets used to the Start Screen.

Just after he ended his keynote during the Windows 8 launch event, Steve Ballmer was questioned over the possibility to bring back the Start button into Microsoft’s operating system.

That won’t happen, Ballmer told The Associated Press, especially because users have “a whole screen as a Start button.”

Of course, he points out that Windows 8’s Start Screen is much more useful than just a Start button, as it also lets you launch files and apps extremely easy.

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows division, said in his speech during the Windows 8 launch conference that the new Start Screen has the same fate as the Start button. Everybody criticized it at first and now they can live without it. It’s just a matter of time to get used to it, he said.

“You know, as familiar and productive as Windows 7 is for customers today, the world that led to Windows 7 began back in the early 1990s when familiar concepts like the Start menu were first conceived. Familiar today, but completely new when it was first released. That technology world was so very different than the world we experience each and every day.”

That of course doesn’t stop software developers to create their very own Start buttons for Windows 8. We’ve recently reviewed one of apps that can do that and you can read more about it right here.

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