Originally Posted by sebberry
Never in the history of Windows has pressing the Start button exited an application. So if you're in the middle of something in an application and you hit the Start button, what you're working on goes away?
Metro apps are suspended when they are not running in the foreground, so switching to another app, going back to the start screen, or going to the desktop will stop them running and taking up any resources.
Both OS X and iOS do the same thing. Windows only does it with Metro apps, and not desktop apps. I suspect that Windows 9 will introduce suspend functionality for background applications to the desktop.
Originally Posted by onlysublime
but in the case of windows 8, it doesn't matter much because unless the app requires constant streaming or data processing (like for playing music or checking email), it automatically gets suspended when it's in the background. so it's not like the old days (heck even in the new days with Android, iOS) when you have to micromanage all your apps to make sure that you don't bog the system down with too many apps running.
iOS suspends apps running in the background as well, but allows some specific services, such as audio playback to continue. I think this is the same as Metro.
Originally Posted by jeffkro
I think they are calling the start screen the equivalent of the start menu, which I kind of agree with. My gripe is when programs launch into the metro interface, I'm not happy with metro programs at all on a PC.
Uninstall the default Metro apps (such as the crappy PDF reader) and you will never get kicked into the Metro UI from the desktop when you try to open a document where the default program is a Metro app.
I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall being asked whether I want to launch in a desktop/metro app by default for those filetypes, and it's as simple as right-clicking on one and going to "open with..." to change the default application a filetype opens in.
Originally Posted by Karyk
It has fewer colors (three).
I think it depends on how you have your Start Screen configured - the button is a preview of your actual start screen. So if you only have non-Metro apps pinned to the start screen, it will be uniform in color. Metro app tiles are allowed to set their own color. (and I believe there are tools out there to create custom "Metro Tiles" for desktop apps, if you want that, rather than the standard "pinned app" function)
Originally Posted by mdavej
There is no start button in Windows 8, not in the corner, not anywhere. Do you have some special version that nobody else has?
You must have installed something that has disabled it, if moving your mouse to the lower-left corner does not bring up the Start Button. (perhaps a Start Screen replacement that you have since uninstalled?)This utility
should allow you to re-enable the Start Button if it isn't showing up.