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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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Flame War
By acer905 on 6/1/2012 12:41:26 PM , Rating: 3
Sometimes its silly how such a little change can spark so much hatred...

RE: Flame War
By HackSacken on 6/4/2012 10:04:29 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I'm not so sure how anyone can label Win8 "less productive." I skimmed through these comment threads pretty well and I'm almost certain there was no actual example.

Metro is great for casual use on my PC easily and the desktop is still the desktop providing the same functions and power use as before. It doesn't get much more simpler than that?

Maybe I haven't used it enough yet and might be overlooking something though. I'd be glad to hear what's difficult or less efficient in Win8.

RE: Flame War
By acer905 on 6/6/2012 7:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
Running the Release Preview of 8 right now. Have been using 8 since the beginning of the Developer Preview, and I haven't had any issues with less efficiency or difficult issues.

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