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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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I really don't know
By MarioJP on 6/1/2012 3:03:01 AM , Rating: 3
The thing is. This is not about vista or me. This time its all about looks. I agree getting rid of aero on win8 is a big mistake on MS part. After comparing 7 to OS X. Win7 looks fresh clean cut and easy on the eyes. As for Win8.. I really can't comment its all new and MS did state this is a risky move with Win8. If it succeeds, then i guess its a risk worth taking. If they fail. Its back to the drawing board and have win7 to ride on. Plus win7 has plenty of life left. Win8 is too soon. I think this is why it may flop but then again could succeed. Will see when it releases.




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