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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Give us the Windows 8 Start menu and no one will get hurt

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | June 13, 2014
It's looking like Microsoft won't be bringing back the Start menu until 2015. Way to put the customer first, Microsoft!

Add that all up and you have 15.6 million users out there who are using third-party Start menu programs. Now, if you believe Microsoft, more than 200 million PCs with Windows 8 have been put into end users' hands. A closer look reveals that there were, in February, between 165 and 184 million Windows 8 users. So, let's see, if we use 184 million as our base, about 8.5% of users have taken the time and trouble to find, download and install a Start menu alternative.

That's a lot of motivated, unhappy users. Come on, Microsoft, would it really be that hard to give us the Start menu back again? Don't you want your customers to like your products? Or, at the least, don't you want them to believe that you'll listen to them?

I hope so, otherwise you may yet end up conceding the desktop to Chromebooks, Macs or, heck, even Android-based PCs. Just give us our Windows 8 Start menus and no one will get hurt, including you and your bottom line.


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