Why Is the Start Button Gone in Windows 8?

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Microsoft took a big leap in Windows 8 and removed the popular Start button feature. A lot of people were upset by this move, but Microsoft has replaced it with something just as good or even better. Find out why the Start button is gone and why that's not a bad thing!

In Windows 8, the tile is king. Microsoft started to ditch its old text-heavy ways with Windows 7, and it took another big step in Windows 8. The highly visual style of the Start screen uses large icons, dynamic content, and simple design to deliver the same information more effectively. While this new look is a bit of a shock for long-time Windows users, the tile-based system is a great replacement for the Start menu.