The collective uproar over Microsoft’s decision to kill the Start menu in Windows 8 reminds me of this discussion I found in microsoft.public.win95.shellui.
It’s from May 27, 1997:
I know it’s almost 2 years since Win95 was released, but even after a
year of almost daily use I’m still trying to get used to it and I hope
someone can offer words of wisdom: I still prefer the Win3.x way of
finding and then launching programs from pretty icons in group windows
in Program Manager rather than, as we do now, with multiple layers of
pure text menus (Start | Programs | many submenus, etc.) I don’t like
the length of time it takes to wade through these submenus, and I
particularly don’t like the excessive hand/mouse activity it involves.
I especially don’t like not having a Program Manager which I can easily
Alt-Tab to in order to get to these icons.
I know I can minimize my open apps to get to my desktop icons, and I
know there’s Power Toys which will allow you to access your desktop via
a text menu, and I know there are other workarounds for this issue.
What I don’t understand is why the developers felt that this new way is
an advantage. Can someone please help me see this?
The responses are downright poignant.
(Tip: You could replace that hideous newfangled Windows 95 Start menu with the time-tested Windows 3.x Program Manager by setting shell=progman.exe in System.ini.)