During the process of developing the program, we tried to take into account tasks that a person can do with ease as well as those tasks that present difficulties.
Imagine that product manufacturers decided to save a little bit of money and buy the same type of packaging from one manufacturer. In that case, all products would get packed in boxes of one size and shape with labels stuck on the front of them. You can see some examples of products repackaged into the new packaging scheme in the picture below.
Now imagine how much time you will need to do your shopping! You will have to read and study the label on every package to find what you need.
That is why product manufacturers intentionally use bright colors and packages of various shapes for you to be able to quickly find the products you need. Additionally, some companies always use the same shapes and colors for their brand, so you to have associations with the company's brand whenever you see these colors or shapes.
It all works because a human mind can recognize images from birth. At the same time, reading is a relatively new skill and this acquired ability requires additional intellectual activity.
Vista Start Menu uses natural ability and presents programs as icons. Once you open the menu, you see the icons of installed programs quickly and conveniently.
And now answer these questions - where have you left your car keys? And where have you put the compact disk with your favorite music? And can you say with any certainty or precision where in your room your computer is located?
All these questions seem simple and stupid only because as human beings, it is our nature to rely on remembering the location or position of an object. Even animals can do it!
Now imagine that someone secretly came in and rearranged your your things into random places. Your player is on the sofa today, tomorrow it is in the refrigerator and the next day you find it in your car. Such a situation could easily lead to a nervous breakdown!
Now, let's get back to discussing computer programs. Imagine a software developer who decided to make the buttons in his program randomly change their positions from time to time.
This example seems absurd because obviously it is impossible to use such a program. If you think that there are no such programs in real life, you will be disappointed. You use one of these programs every day.
This program is called the "Start" menu.
The issue here is that programs are presented in the form of a list. When you add or remove some program, the rest of icons change their positions, regardless of whether you want them to or not. Thus, the standard menu essentially makes your work more difficult than it could be. The user could have remembered the position of a program and not wasted valuable time searching for it.
As you have already guessed, Vista Start Menu does not have this drawback. There is an empty area left in the place of a removed icon and this place will be taken by a newly installed program.