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Beloved icon of Windows history appears to be in the rear view for good

For those upset about the lack of a start button in Windows 8, prepare yourself for another disappointment -- "Windows Blue", an upcoming short-cycle successor to Windows 8, is not expected to bring the feature back.

The source of this supposed leak is CNBeta, a site with close insider ties at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which gained respect by accurately leaking a number of early Windows 8 details.

Other info from the site includes suggests that Microsoft will further flatten the UI on the desktop (think the Metro/Windows 8 UI style), the taskbar/desktop will get tweaks, the price will be low (or free), and the new kernel version number will be v6.3 (corroborated by other independent reports).  The final remnants of the Aero UI, which was a staple of Windows Vista and Windows 7 is also being bid adieu, like the Start button before it.

Windows 7 Start Button
The start button went the way of the Dodo with Windows 8. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech]

Neowin reports that a summer launch of Windows Blue is expected.  And its contacts close to Microsoft hint that the name will be some sort of riff on Windows 8, not Windows 9, as some suspected.

(For the record you can get a Start Menu-like menu by moving your mouse to the lower left corner of the screen and right-clicking.  Voilà, magic!)

Sources: CNBeta, NeoWin

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By Flunk on 12/28/2012 10:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
Go for it, and try and convince everyone you know to switch too. I've tried that and given up.

By Labotomizer on 12/28/2012 11:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
Linux is great, if you have the time and desire to tinker with your system. If not, like most people, then it's not worth it. I'm an SE and I work with Linux in the data center and I still have no desire to run it as my desktop OS.

By SAN-Man on 1/1/2013 3:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
I work on an enterprise product which is based on Linux (there is no GUI) so I have to know it for that reason.

On the desktop it's OK, but I find usability on Windows to still be superior. Linux is too fragmented. If they want to take on Windows in the desktop space a more concentrated effort is needed.

By bupkus on 12/28/2012 11:38:30 AM , Rating: 2
I've used Linux off and on since Red Hat 4.? and .... who cares. For people who want to learn about the innards of an OS the source code is a real opportunity. For the rest of us there's Festivus.

By JasonMick on 12/28/2012 12:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
For the rest of us there's Festivus.
Hey now, the two are not mutually exclusive. :)

I had a pretty rocking time @ my local area's Festivus gathering myself.

By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 12/28/2012 2:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want to learn Linux for anyone's sake but my own, so why would I try to push other people to use it? If it works for me, what does it matter to anyone else?

'Sides, it's not like I'm gonna be able to get rid of Windows altogether. But Windows 8 (and its successors, if they continue down this path) will never be primary OSes on any computer I own (for various reasons), and eventually Windows will kill support for Windows 7, so...Linux it is.

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