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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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RE: Free market
By Nutzo on 12/28/2012 2:31:20 PM , Rating: 2
It's already happening.
My niece in college has used both Macs and Windows systems (XP & Windows 7).
She needed a new laptop, but after seeing all the laptops are now coming with windows 8, decided to get a Mac instead, even though it cost more. That’s how much she disliked Windows 8.

RE: Free market
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 12/28/2012 2:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
She could have gotten a ThinkPad; you can still order those with Windows 7. :) Or she could have bought a retail copy of Windows 7 and transferred it from computer to computer as she upgraded.

But--as much as it pains me to say this--I certainly wouldn't fault anyone for jumping ship to Apple after they took a look at Windows 8. I went from XP to OSX myself, but was happy to switch back to Microsoft for Windows 7. Sadly, I don't see any hope at the end of the 8/Blue tunnel.

RE: Free market
By TakinYourPoints on 12/28/2012 5:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
Even though OS X is very good, I'd say it might be more to do with the hardware than the operating system. It is crazy that other PC OEMs don't bother with a good display, keyboard, trackpad, intelligent accessories, etc, on their laptops. Pick two at best, which sucks.

RE: Free market
By erple2 on 12/29/2012 8:38:22 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, there are plenty of laptops today that have good screens, better keyboards, and better accessories (why do i need to spend multiples of $29.99 to get basic accessory functionality) that are built in. I will concede, however that nobody has been able to replicate well the brilliant (even if it is only one button) track pad on the unibody mbp's.

That wasn't true a couple of years ago (then again, apple laptops before the current rMBP's also used crummy TN screens that they did a fair job to hide), however.

To whatever point someone else said about typing to find things being 'DOS' like - yes, there are some things that DOS did very well, better than even modern os's - I still use cmd-space to launch all of my apps on osx, just like I use windows key type to start them on windows 7. It's a lot faster than trying to click in the right spot to find a non-pinned app. A heck of a lot more accurate, too.

RE: Free market
By TakinYourPoints on 12/29/2012 8:07:49 PM , Rating: 3
There are very few laptops with comparable displays, ones like the upgraded (not standard) Lenovo X220 and the Asus Zenbook Prime. Lenovo has very good keyboards in their comparably priced mid and high end laptops. Other than that, no, you're still dealing with inferior trackpads, inferior accessories (the international power kit for the MBP still blows everything else away), as well as systemwide multitouch gesture support through the OS.

I agree with you about type-to-search or type-to-launch though, it is great. I've used Spotlight and Windows Search to do those functions since they were made available (2005 in OS 10.4 and 2009 when WS was fixed in Windows 7) and they're excellent. I actually do the same with some other apps too (Steam, iTunes), it is a hell of a lot faster than hunting with a mouse when you have dozens or thousands of things to hunt through.

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