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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 TakinYourPoints on 12/28/2012 6:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
I think the higher adoption rate for OS X comes down to two things. One is that upgrades are more invisible and less painful. The Home folder is retained and untouched while upgrades are now made OTA. Easy and painless. Another more important thing is that the smaller Mac market falls to consumers and more higher tech businesses (media, web, research, etc). Those groups are more likely to keep their technology up to date.

It isn't like the vast majority of businesses that buy a cheap point-of-sale station or data entry econobox running Windows, those will stay without upgrades until the hardware kicks the bucket. It is no wonder why the XP market remains so huge, it is a pointless expense to keep such basic hardware made for office work up to the latest technology.

All that matters is that its cheap and that it works, and anything that gets in the way of it working (ie - unexpected incompatibility or training on new tech) is a bad thing. IT guys just want it to work and their bosses don't want to spend money.


"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller














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