The Windows 8 Start Screen: Is It Really Evil?

When my partner (not a programmer) first saw the Windows 8 Start Screen, with all the big flashy icons, supposedly replacing the old Start Menu, her reaction was ‘wow cool!’ She was somewhat less amused 10 minutes later at the discovery that there was no convenient start button to click, and definitely irritated when she discovered how hard it had become to shut the computer down. She no longer uses Windows 8.
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