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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 PrinceGaz on 12/28/2012 3:56:55 PM , Rating: 4
You can't just keep on using an old OS that has long since received any upgrades though, just because you didn't like the replacement. That would be like someone today still using Windows XP! Utter madness!

Posted on a PC running Windows XP because I tried Vista and decided "no", Win7 (64-bit) looked better but only for when I replace this PC with one that has more than 2GB RAM, and Win8 is a non-starter unless I also buy some sort of new desktop touch-screen display. I haven't seen many of those on sale.

RE: Free market
By retrospooty on 12/28/2012 4:00:19 PM , Rating: 5
LOL... Yup, still alot of people on XP.

I dunno though. I don't hate Win8, in fact the UI is fantastic for a touch screen, its just to force a touch screen UI on non- touch screen devices like Desktops and most laptops is ludicrous.

RE: Free market
By althaz on 12/29/2012 12:11:08 AM , Rating: 2
Most of the metro stuff actually works pretty brilliantly on desktop, the issue is, I think (and you mention it) is the laptop. Metro doesn't work without either touch or a real mouse, IMO. Possibly newer laptops with more gesture support on their trackpads will improve things, but probably not enough.

RE: Free market
By HostileEffect on 12/28/2012 5:56:06 PM , Rating: 3
Some of my older computers still use XP. Just use Firefox with all the goodies and proper AV...

RE: Free market
By danielravennest on 1/1/2013 1:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
I just upgraded my older PC from XP to 8 Pro x64. The main reason was to enable more than 4GB memory, and after using the following instructions, I don't have to see the Start screen much:

RE: Free market
By cyberguyz on 12/30/2012 3:09:47 PM , Rating: 5
Actually, I can. And when that becomes unworkable I can still refuse to run an operating system I don't want to use.

Microsoft just doesn't seem to get that.

Win 7/64 bit is working fine for me and will continue to do so for the next 5 years.

Tried Win 8 Pro. Gave it a couple months & some third party add-ons (to get my start button back) and absolutely hated what Microsoft did to it. Removed it from my system and the dvd sits in the corner with the rest of my junk software.

If the next Windows is going to be more of the same, you will see me moving to another platform. For me Win 8 failed miserably.

RE: Free market
By drlumen on 12/31/2012 12:52:16 PM , Rating: 1
The investment cost for past software is the ONLY reason I'm still using windows at all. If it gets to the point that I can't use my software with an acceptable OS then that will be the final kick in the pants to move to Linux.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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