No, it's not. You can have shortcuts to "apps" (which I don't use), but it's a quick link to commonly used applications, just like the start menu. You control the content and nothing is forced on you.It's there for the sole purpose of running "apps" which don't run on the desktop.
I would love to know what that means. I have tiles to open Steam, Starcraft, MS Office, etc. How does the start screen limit the programs you can launch?you can't run desktop based programs from the "modern UI"
Keyboard shortcuts are one reason I will never prefer touch screens. You may not use them, but you can't discount their efficiency. Still, you can create tiles on the start screen to link to various setting menus, and you can pin something like the control panel to the taskbar.I understand all the key combo shortcuts
The "apps" are available if you have a desire to use them (I lied, I like Bing weather), but they are not forced on you. Otherwise, you can launch your desktop applications using the tiles, but as you know they don't run with Modern limitations. So I don't know what problems you perceive with launching a desktop application from the start screen. As I said, the concept is identical to the start menu, but you are just looking at it full-screen.give users the ability to easily select the proper UI for their computing environment
I always felt it was too condensed, with small font, and a pain to navigate (especially when lists cut off). I use multiple monitors so I have no problem sacrificing one screen for the few seconds I need to open a program. You don't multitask while you're opening a new program.The start menu is a condensed
This is terrible, I agree. Just create tiles for those.1) Charms bar on the lower right -> Settings -> Power -> Shut down or restart
I had to google this one. Alt+F4 works though.2) Drag an app from top to bottom to close
7 is going to continue to rise as enterprises shift from XP. That 40% XP chunk is mostly enterprise and that will all go to 7. The 8 rate will depend on PC sales. Relatively few people (like me) upgrade their OS on their own.By the way win 7 is on the rise again.