4. The Classic Interface

For most users, Windows is defined by the Desktop, the Start menu, and the windowing system (I always look at a window to see what operating system a device is running). In the tile-based interface, there’s no Start menu and there are no windows.

The Start menu, which was introduced in Windows 95 to the strains of the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” is gone. But pretty much everything else you’ve grown accustomed to about the Desktop is still there, with a few improvements. It’s a good thing too, because the tens of thousands of applications that depend on the Microsoft windowing ...

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