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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 Motoman on 12/28/2012 5:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
Faster to just not move your right hand from the mouse to the keyboard to type things in. Just mouse over the Start menu and boom - done. And Dog help you if you make a typo while typing into your little box.

The whole reason GUIs were invented were to give a good visual interface to interact with with digital input devices, like mice. Saying "just type stuff in the box" is basically like saying "Just go back to DOS."

RE: Free market
By Etsp on 12/29/2012 12:35:26 AM , Rating: 2
Using the keyboard isn't necessary, and using only the mouse to open an application from the start screen requires the exact same actions as on windows 7.

Windows 7:
Move cursor to start button (aka: bottom left corner of the screen.)
Move cursor to application you wish to run.

Windows 8:
Move cursor to bottom left corner of the screen.
Move cursor to application you wish to run.

The big difference between 7 and 8? 8 gives you a much larger list of applications to choose from without additional clicks. You're free to rearrange how the applications are ordered and sized.

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