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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 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.


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