Death of the Start Menu?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RobHague, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. RobHague macrumors 6502

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    http://www.activewin.com/screenshots/vista/nov05ctp/

    New 'ORB' shaped start button in the new builds of Vista. Looks like the 'Start' menu has seen its last use in XP. I always through MS wanted to keep the START menu because it became so much associated with 'Windows'.
     
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Oh my lord!

    instead of a rectangular box, they're using a *gasp*
    CIRCLE?

    Vista is so far ahead of its time! I think I may have to switch back when it comes out!!

    What do you think will be next..?
    a BUILT-IN CLOCK?

    no way!!

    to OP: I'm not making fun of you, if it came off like that. Vista just looks like XP with a few skins applied to it. I'll be sticking with OS X for a loooong time.
     
  3. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Never mind the Start Menu, did you see the awesome transparent shortcut icon? :rolleyes:
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    NO START BUTTON!?!?!?!

    That does it, that's 99% of our users that will no longer be able to use their computer whenever we rollout Vista.
     
  5. Kobushi macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm....that kinda sarcasm showed through even without a :rolleyes:
    Good Job!

    so...what's with the little mountain scene? Is that particular picture some super unique feature of vista? Is it THE vista?

    Still looks like XP to me.
     
  6. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Don't worry, there will be a classic theme for all the luddites. :D
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    Vista certainly doesn't look all that well done in my opinion, its ALL eyecandy, yes i know OS X has its share, but there are improvements and its a much more visually/intutitive system, Windows isnt, and just adding gloss here and there isn't going to help it.
     
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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  9. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately, that is true...:eek:
     
  10. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Ummm....there is still a start menu. All they did is change the UI of the button to copy the Apple UI more (e.g. Apple icon)
     
  11. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    wow that aqua theme really looks quite good. The Windows build team are very original and imaginative, aren't they :rolleyes:

    theres something wrong with it, though. It looks strangely familiar...
     
  12. Aarow macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure I like the transparent windows for everything.
     
  13. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Don't get too excited kids, it ain't THAT similar! Looks can be deceiving.
     
  14. RobHague thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By death of the start menu btw, i was refering to the fact that it no long says 'Start' its just a Windows Logo...:)
     
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Cool, thanks. So all they did was change the appearance of the start button, with no real interface change. Good, I still shudder thinking about how hard it was to wean people off the file and program manglers.
     
  16. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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  17. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I hate to say it, but I think Vista looks cool and I'm going to buy it.
     
  18. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    *SHOCK* *GASP* ITASOR is now officaly shuned...

    JK

    I have to agree theres nothing wrong with Microsoft trying to copy OS X. Its just when they actually do it right Is when we have to worry. I think it looks pretty good nothin up there with OS X right now. I mean come on at least they could come up with cool looking side bars.
     
  19. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Too bad the Start menu and the task bar can't disappear when not in use, or better yet, fades away like those lovely Microsoft Office palettes that fade in and out depending...


    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What does it mean to be shuned? :eek:

    Hmmm...it is surprising that they released WM5 just now without making such a change there, though. I guess they were saving it for the flagship? Although, even in WM5, the prominence is on the logo and not the "Start."
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Wait...is that a joke? You can make it hide just like the OS X dock hides, can't you? Or did they remove that feature at some point?
     
  22. Project macrumors 68020

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    lol, the recycle bin looks like a glass cup!

    However, despite most of the interface being all eyecandy, that is still a worry, or should be for Apple. One of the nice things about OSX is it looks pretty. As hideous as transparent title bars in EVERY title bar is, it wil *look* cooler than the unified theme a la Mail/iTunes to the vast majority of regular PC users.

    I expect Apple to really push the boat out with superfluous effects come Leopard.
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Why should "we" worry? I bought a Mac because it's better than Windows was. If Windows is better for everything I do, and is stable and safe as well, then I'd buy a Windows machine. I don't have to worry. I'm only a consumer.

    Some people are loyal to Apple and hate Microsoft. I just like my PowerBook because it looks cool and runs well. I don't mind at all if Microsoft or anyone else made products better than Apple's because I want to get the best that my money can buy.
     
  24. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Well it looks better than XP :p

    I will defenetly upgrade my PC :D .........Beating OS X Tiger....hell no :p :cool:
     

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