So you do know what I'm getting at. My W7 desktop ended up that way. I hate the mouse so I had all my frequently-used programs on the Taskbar (WinKey/T to focus, then TabKey) to choose. The rest of the programs and a host of IE shortcuts on a sea of icons! I guess that's why I took to the Start screen so well. Much better navigation.I've seen too many.
This:I think they simply "copied the style" of Android and Apple mobile devices, which had already been on the market for years.
Don't look anything like this:
Or this, especially with live tiles:
I envisioned them looking at a desktop screen loaded with a sea of icons coming up with the idea of the Start screen.
The first GUI was introduced by Xerox PARC back in the 70's. It had a bitmapped screen and icons. The icon was invented there by David Canfield Smith . The first touch screen was introduced by E.A. Johnson in 1965. The first touch screen smart phone was the IBM Simon. I don't think it's fair to attribute it to Apple and Android.
This was just a general statement to end my post. Just my thoughts about the new W10 Start menu. It wasn't entirely directed at you.I didn't say anything (good or bad) about the W10 Start Menu.
I feel most generally the critics wanted the old Start menu back as an option. Agree that it's similar but performs more like the Start screen/ All apps screen combination, especially at full screen. I still hold to the belief that it's a step backward.The W10 Start Menu indicates, MS has finally implemented something similar, to the ideas that were suggested by W8 Start Screen critics, before W8's release (i.e. a different selectable system for mobile users and desktop users).