Do you use the "Windows" Key?

Summary:In round two of Perlow gets a Bott Beating, I am educated by our esteemed Windows expert that you don't need a "Run" function in the Windows Vista or Windows 7 Start Menu because "The Windows Key" combined with "R" is the same function. Wow, I didn't know that.

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In round two of Perlow gets a Bott Beating, I am educated by our esteemed Windows expert that you don't need a "Run" function in the Windows Vista or Windows 7 Start Menu because "The Windows Key" combined with "R" is the same function. Wow, I didn't know that. Really.

I have to admit here, this is probably not something that is unique to actual computer experts who have been using PC's prior to 1981.  I'm sure plenty of people have no idea what the Windows Key does.

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The Windows key was introduced by Microsoft in Windows 95. At the time, most PC's used the IBM AT 101 key layout. It was only a few years later that many keyboard manufacturers and PC makers started to license its use and that it became standard. Still,  many of us never got into the use of the Windows Key. I informally polled a number of real veterans this morning -- most of which have been using PCs 20 years or more -- and most of them don't use the Windows key. Some of them, like former PC Magazine Editor In Chief Bill Machrone, use CTRL-ESC instead.

I personally own a number of keyboards manufactured by UNICOMP, which is the company that bought the rights to produce the original IBM buckling-spring AT keyboards. They aren't cheap, their basic model, which is a 101-key model which has no "Windows" key, is  $69. They do also make a model with the Windows Key, but I don't own any. They are incedibly durable keyboards, and if you are someone who writes a great deal or who lusts after a good-ol style IBM keyboard, I highly reccomend them.

My question to you, however, is, do you use the Windows Key?

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Topics: Hardware, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet is a technologist with over two decades of experience with integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer... Full Bio

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