...Again, I use the "pin to start menu" as my primary W7 navigation, and then click on "all programs" from there for my lesser-used applications. I do not like to clutter up the task bar or cover my desktop with links. The task bar is primarily for active applications, not links - that's how it was designed by Microsoft! Many many many people use the Start Orb the same way as I do. If you do not, then good for you, I'm sure you'll love W8 and the smartphone-like GUI, but please stop lecturing us that our preferences are invalid - they are no less valid than your own. I don't mind change at all - I think change is good - when it is constructive. As others have said, this just feels like change for the sake of change, and that is rarely a good thing.
Interesting, because this goes directly against the grain of how I and most of the folks I know use Start, the Task Bar and the Desktop itself: No one I know likes to drill down through a series of menus to get to the apps they commonly use. It's like having to click through multiple entries or pages on a Web Page, or dealing with sites that break down a two-page article into 33 paragraph-sized pages stuffed full of ads and overlays, or menus that overwhelm you with choices.
Funny. By the time I lay out the half-dozen full-time apps and set up a couple of folders to contain less-than-every-day-but-still-kinda-often apps, I seem to have a couple of "tiles" on the Desktop, while double-clicking a folder is like "swiping" to another page.
Funnier still is that no one seems able to make those "connections" between such similar actions.
And on how many forums have you read folks complaining they cannot do a specific task with just one click of the mouse, two clicks are too much effort, and can someone generate a script that won't force a double-click? (A second mouse click, for crap's sake - too much effort
The Task Bar has indeed changed from its debut, but I for one am glad of it and so is the "herd". The left-side Quick Launch has the four things I'm most likely to use in the middle of something else, like IE, WMP and Image Composer. The right side keeps me informed of Services and particular control panels. Both sides can be set up to use either the minimal amount of space or the maximal, according to your preferences - you can even choose NOT to use some at all. And then you have the entire mid-section (and it's fairly obvious that no one here uses anything but a wide screen any longer) with which to actively control primary running tasks in many more ways than was possible with the Task Bar's debut.
Now, to me and all of the folks I know, that's
This whole thread is beginning to sound less and less like a comparison of feature sets "for the sake of change" and more and more like simple, knee-jerk reactions that are but manifestations of the Human Nature to totally resist change of any