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New build removes Start Menu code

It's been called the worst hack job to happen to Windows business users since Windows ME by some; others say it's a huge leap forward for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and super-intuitive to use.

We're talking about Windows 8, the new Windows operating system from Microsoft that's launching in October and bringing with it the new Metro user interface which Microsoft first developed on its web sites and mobile devices.

The second mass consumption test build, the "Release Preview" is now live, replacing the previous "Consumer Preview".  

You can get it here.

Beware, you can no longer hack your Windows build with third party apps to restore the Start Button and Start Menu in the desktop.  This is because Microsoft purposefully removed the legacy code that drove these features, which lay dormant and non-visible in the Consumer Preview build.

More changes are still in store.  While Microsoft is planning to retain a desktop it's reportedly planning to strip away the icon styles of the Aero UI and the Aero glass look, replacing it with a new desktop with more Metro-like square icons.  While the core aspects of the Windows desktop (other than the start menu) are expected to retained, items like Windows Explorer are expected to be overhauled with Ribbons and Metro-like touches.

Microsoft has a tall task when it comes to Windows 8, following the fastest-selling operating system in history, Windows 7.

Sources: Microsoft [download], [press release]

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By augiem on 5/31/2012 9:22:59 PM , Rating: 1
Change simply for the sake of change leads to anarchy. Just ask all the victims of the "spring" revolutions. Evolution over time brings improvements building on the successes of the past. Revolution rarely ever bring progress.

By Cerin218 on 6/1/2012 4:09:51 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe it Microsoft realizing that the laptop is going to fall to the tablet PC and working to create a tablet based system in preparation. I sure don't see people whining about the tiles on the Windows Phone or the XBox 360 interface.

By jnemesh on 6/1/2012 7:11:51 PM , Rating: 3
I stopped using my Xbox completely since it got "Metro"...and if you want a GREAT preview of what MS has in store, boot one up, look at all the LOVELY advertising tiles! GREAT!

Someone should tell MS that if we wanted our computers living in a walled garden (or "Crystal Prison"), we would have bought Apple devices!

By Cerin218 on 6/1/2012 5:59:53 PM , Rating: 2
Tablets are hot, and Microsoft Corp is coming up with a new Windows version just in time, according to Morgan Stanley analysts.

"We expect tablet shipments to exceed notebook shipments in 2013 and almost match total PC shipments by 2015," they said in a Thursday note which also called tablets, "the fastest ramping mobile device in history."

In a way, that's bad news for the PC ecosystem in which Microsoft has long played an important role. Just recently, Dell Inc. acknowledged that sales of tablets and smartphones have taken their toll on PCs.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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