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  • Hi Alice,
    This is a response to your blog post about designing the Start screen:
    Part of the reason why the Start bar is so successful is that it is always visible.  By forcing users to return to the desktop (now called the Start screen), you're burying functionality and turning a simple one-step process into a more complicated two-step process.  
    Also, I brought up a couple issues with the new search in the previous blog post but no one responded so I am mentioning them again:
    First, the new search is not discoverable.  No one would expect to just type on the start screen to launch search.  Go to any major web site (Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, eBay, etc.)  None of them work this way.  They all have dedicated search boxes.  Users are going to scan through all the live tiles until the find the Search tile.  And if they can't find the Search tile, they'll give up in frustration.  
    Second, even if the users figure out how to get to search, most tablets won't come with keyboards.  
    Original Title: @Alice Steinglass (Designing the Start screen)
    Friday, October 7, 2011 2:19 PM

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  • Firstly, as you can see there are so many comments on website and it is not possible to answer all of indivitual comments.However, all comments will review and take a note if neccessary. Also in Windows 8, if you bring mouse down to start it will show Charm and in there you have function for search and if you click on that search will come up. It is pre-Beta version and you will see some changes in future release.
    Friday, October 14, 2011 6:46 AM