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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 Griffinhart on 12/28/2012 1:46:38 PM , Rating: 1
But... They did all that already in Windows 8. They flattened the UI, removing all gradients and shadows, and removed Aero.

They removed "Aero Glass" which was the transparancy aspect of windows.

"Windows Aero" is the actual UI. It was called Luna in XP.

While Blue will not actually remove the who Aero UI, MS's ultimate goal is to transition Windows to the "Modern UI" running HTML5 and Javascript Apps in favor over traditional apps using the desktop metaphor.

By Guspaz on 12/28/2012 2:02:26 PM , Rating: 5
Right, so let's take the primary aspect of Windows 8 that caused its sales to tank (users generally hating the Metro UI) and push it even harder. That's a recipe for success...

At this rate, Windows 7 might end up being the longest running dominant version of Windows in history. XP lasted from 2001 until 2012 (when 7 finally passed XP), and there's a lot more resistance to Win8 than Vista ever had... Windows 7's marketshare is still growing faster than Windows 8's, as XP/Vista users upgrade.

By Griffinhart on 12/28/2012 3:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, Don't get me wrong.... I think trying to move desktop users to a "Modern UI" way of computing and moving away from the desktop metaphor is a big mistake. It's all well and fine for people that don't rely heavily on their computers, but those of us that use them every day for work will find that the losing the workflow that the desktop brings is a terrible idea. IMHO, full screen apps are terrible for getting work done.

By spamreader1 on 12/28/2012 4:15:20 PM , Rating: 2
amen, windows was a way to move away from full screen single tasking apps in the first place. and I miss Win+Tab function :(, and a handful of other Win+keys that are awol now.

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