09 September 2008 17:54Guys,
Millions of people on earth know how to make use of Windows XP/Vista and know what it means to click the "Start" button (even though some wonder why you would click on "Start" to actually shutdown the machine).
Why don't you take the Windows Live bar (with this wonderful Windows Logo that resembles the Vista one like if they were twins), put it below on the screen, and use the menu as a shortcut to all the Online Applications ("Windows Live Services").
No need to educate people, no need to tell them that the Windows Logo on the bar is somewhat useful... They'll find by themselves.
So, just make it "natural" instead of getting your people to learn new "tricks".
11 September 2008 5:59Alain,
I'd have to disagree with you.
How weird would it be to have two "start" buttons (well, not exactly start buttons, but "Orbs" as they'd like to call them) both at the bottom left corner of your screen?
When designing programs, the most commonly used elements are placed on the corners of the screen. Since the bottom-left is taken by the Orb, bottom-right is your taskbar icons, top-right is your Close/Minimise/Max button, then the only other alternative is top-left corner. This also explains why the "Office" Orb in Office 2007 programs are in the top-left corner.