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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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Don't miss it at all
By tayb on 12/28/2012 12:58:26 PM , Rating: -1
Don't miss it at all. The start screen is vastly superior to the start menu in usability and functionality. After spending a couple of months with Windows 8 I was actually annoyed when I had to jump on a Windows 7 machine and there was no start screen. The most common complaints against the start screen are from people who either haven't taken the time to learn how to use it or have just straight up never used it and are regurgitating complains from others.

Best feature? Pinning an infinite number of programs to the start screen that I often access but don't want to include on my task bar. Also, the search is useful but that existed in Windows Vista. The app store is just icing on the cake. Inrix is so useful as I'm heading out of the office. (traffic app)

The only improvement needed in my opinion is to add power buttons. I use ctrl+alt+delete to power down but it's the thing I hear whining about the most.




RE: Don't miss it at all
By OoklaTheMok on 12/28/2012 1:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
I like the new start screen as well. In Win7, I rarely used the start menu because I just pinned my most used programs to the taskbar. In Win8, I do the same thing for when I am in the desktop.

As to power buttons... Charms bar > Settings > Power. Its available in every context.

It took me a bit, but now I like the charms bar a lot. Its the common interface to searching, settings, sharing, and devices in any app.


RE: Don't miss it at all
By Newspapercrane on 12/28/2012 2:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
It really hasn't changed the way I use the menu. I never dug through the start menu for programs, although eventually on your old XP machines your most used programs were either pinned or finding them became muscle memory until someone alphabetizes your programs.

Since Windows Vista for me it has been: Windows Key > Type the first three letters of what I want, Hit enter. This really hasn't changed with Windows 8.


RE: Don't miss it at all
By WelshBloke on 12/28/2012 3:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
You have an infinite number of programs on the start screen that you often access?

And a more than infinite number that you have to pin to your task bar?

I don't think your usage pattern is similar to many others.

At least not in this dimension anyway.


RE: Don't miss it at all
By Magnus909 on 12/28/2012 6:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
There is one very important feature for me that is sorely missing in Windows:
The ability to sort the tiles in the start screen alfabetically.
As it is now, it is just a mess.
With the old startmenu program groups are sorted alfabetically.

And everything I can expect to do is under the start-menu.
In 8 there are two different control panels.
The power down/restart is in a different place.
And with three monitors, it is a hit and miss to bring up charms, hunting down pixels when I am sitting at a distance from my tv a bit relaxed not wanting to grab a keyboard.

These are big letdowns on Win 8, but other things are better, but I will stay on 7 due to 8 being almost unusable for me on my multi-monitor setup where I sometimes just use the mouse.


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