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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 nikon133 on 12/28/2012 5:12:16 PM , Rating: 3
This. And previous post, too.

Thank you for posting, sirs, so I don't have to.

I have upgraded my work PC to 8 in early September, and my home laptop recently. I have almost completely stopped using tablet since, as my laptop (with SSD) boots in around 15 seconds (10 of which is pre-boot part) so now, for acceptable wait, I get full functionality without thinking about battery drain in sleep mode.

Right-click on lower right corner has all admin tools nicely grouped, including command prompt and command prompt (admin), task manager, device manager, control panel. Brilliant. I'd recommend everyone not aware of it to try.

Yes old school demands system shut-down to be initiated from the GUI, but at this moment of time, I am shutting (or putting to sleep) my tablet, smartphone, digital camera by pressing power button... so I'm finding it natural to do the same with my laptop. Alternatively, CTRL+ALT+DEL brings screen with power options exposed in lower right corner.

My laptop is ThinkPad T410, so no touch screen. However, I've updated all drivers to Win 8 drivers (where available) and laptop's touchpad has got some swiping functionality (swipe from right for charms etc) and it works fine.

I think majority of most vocal opponents to Win 8 haven't really tried to used it. Maybe haven't even played with it for more than 60 seconds, literally. Give it an open-minded go, guys. It is good.

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/28/2012 5:36:34 PM , Rating: 4

You might want to talk to Newegg - which just send me an email with this in it, selling Windows 7 described thusly:

If you still haven't experienced the defining UI experience that is Windows 7, now is the time to try it out yourself. Windows 7 is frequently touted by users as the smoothest, most user-friendly Windows operating system thus far. Experience timeless Windows standards like the all-encompassing Window's Search, Taskbar, full 64-bit support and now with enhanced responsiveness, less drag on memory, faster sleeps and resumes, as well as a much wider range of customization options to make YOUR Windows look and feel uniquely your own.

And the tagline:
Windows 7 - Definitively User-Intuitive

Not even Newegg wants to push Windows 8!

You trolls are all so lost it's not even funny. Win8 is a trainwreck on anything but a touchscreen device.s Search, Taskbar, full 64-bit support and now with enhanced responsiveness, less drag on memory, faster sleeps and resumes, as well as a much wider range of customization options to make YOUR Windows look and feel uniquely your own.

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/28/12, Rating: -1
RE: Free market
By nikon133 on 12/28/2012 10:06:28 PM , Rating: 1
Well, fools are always first to laugh at things they don't really comprehend.

Newegg, Best Buy, BuyMore and likes are hardly my preferred source of reliable info about anything. Firstly, they are more often than not clueless. Secondly, they will advertise what they have in stock (and trying to get rid off). I have developed strange habit to believe reviews here at Anandtech a bit more.

Appleinsider is also keen of making fun of Windows 8, but then again they were keen on trying to make fun on every other Windows previously.

All that being said... I'm not saying Windows 7 has suddenly turned sour. It is as good as it ever was, and my gaming desktop still runs Win 7 Ultimate. I don't hate it because 8 is out, I like it as much as I ever have - it's only that I like 8 a bit more.

Regarding your need to laugh at people with different opinion. That's really sad, mate. Your life must be very sad if you cannot find better things to make you laugh.

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/29/2012 9:29:12 AM , Rating: 5
Stupid should hurt. And the simple fact is that putting a tablet OS on a desktop/laptop is a stupid idea.

What's foolish is just believing that everything "new" is automatically better than everything "old."

Go invent a square tire and see how that works for you...mate. I'll be here...laughing at you.

RE: Free market
By wordsworm on 12/29/12, Rating: -1
RE: Free market
By nikon133 on 12/31/2012 2:51:23 AM , Rating: 2
I have no doubts you will be sitting here and laughing either way, mate.

Happy New Year from NZ, everyone.

RE: Free market
By Donkey2008 on 12/29/2012 3:43:12 AM , Rating: 5
At my location we have hundreds of T410, T420, T430, W500, W510 and W520 laptops. We installed Win8 Enterprise for 3 dozen users and the response was so negative that every single one of those users wanted Win7 back.

When informed that their systems would integrate with new Microsoft surface tablets, the most common answers were "what is Surface?" followed by "Will it integrate with the iPad?".

Sorry all of you fanbois, but Microsoft failed at both the overall design of Windows 8 and marketing Windows 8 to the masses. They can force it on OEMs to sell it, but it will do nothing but drive more customers to keep Windows 7 or even defect to Mac or Linux.

RE: Free market
By TakinYourPoints on 12/30/2012 5:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
Valve hedging their bets with porting Steam and their games to Linux was prescient, and other big companies like Blizzard are now also considering it as a hedge.

Games are literally the only thing I have Windows for right now. My work desktop runs OS X, my phone and tablet run iOS, and my Kindle runs whatever custom Linux install my Kindle runs. If Microsoft keeps screwing up and some Linux desktop catches up with Windows 7 while game developers continue pushing to make Linux work (and right now Source games run better on Linux than they do Windows 7), then what's to say that a few more people won't change over?

At best Microsoft will be keeping their Windows 7 customers, and that's money I gave them way back in 2009.

Interesting thing: right now the number of Windows 8 installs on Steam's statistics page is lower than the number of Windows Vista installs. I know its only been a few weeks, but oof.

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