The Design Flaw
"You'd make a grown man cry"
- Windows 95 promotional song "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones

Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT, are currently the most pervasive family of operating systems on Earth. Both Windows 98 and Windows NT broadly conform to the "look and feel" of the user interface established by Windows 95 back in 1994. Windows 95 was preceded by various versions of the Windows graphical user interface which existed as an addition to the MS-DOS operating system.

One of the most immediately noticeable additions to the Windows 95 "desktop" when it first appeared was a "taskbar" which contained a button with word "Start".

Start Button

What was not immediately apparent was that this start button actually had several functions including stopping the computer. As a matter of fact, everything but the kitchen sink is associated with the start button including:

All user interface design must continue to move forward, and in keeping with the spirit of the start button, the following is proposed as a revised interface for the next generation of Windows.


Ted Leath - last modified February 18th, 1999