We’ll have to see if Microsoft restores the traditional “Start” menu in the update coming soon to Windows 8.
In the meantime the company is releasing a new computer mouse with a dedicated “Start” button, just behind its scroll wheel.
The blue Windows button on the Sculpt Mobile Mouse launches the tiled home screen of Windows 8, which the company calls the “Start screen.”
Used with Windows 7, the button launches the traditional “Start” menu. Presumably it may be configured to do the same thing with Windows 8 if the Start menu reappears in the 8.1 update that will be released in a preview version in June and released broadly by the holiday season.
The Sculpt Mobile Mouse, with a low-profile USB transceiver, goes on sale this month for $30. It works with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7, plus Mac OS X if you’re so inclined.
Microsoft also is releasing a new Sculpt Comfort Mouse with Windows 8 features, including a “touch tab” that lets you move between apps and the home screen by pressing a thumb on a side-mounted control surface. Swiping the thumb up and down on the sporty blue stripe scrolls through apps in Windows 8.
The Sculpt Comfort Mouse connects to a PC via the computer’s Bluetooth radio, so it doesn’t need a USB transceiver. It goes on sale in June for $40.