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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 8:15:22 PM , Rating: 4
It's only an "enhanced start menu" to people that are stupid enough to believe such BS - like yourself. To the rest of us, who aren't retarded, it's a cell phone UI.

The tiles are infinitely less useful than just icons and widgets on the Win7 desktop. And putting the Start menu anywhere but *right there* is an abject failure of catastrophic proportions. Idiots like most people supporting Win8 only use Facebook and email - so it doesn't matter what their UI is. Others, like me, have dozens or hundreds of programs installed on their PC, and the tile interface is horrifically unsuitable for any imaginable organization to arrange and access them. The start menu, on the other hand, is so good that it essentially can't be improved upon.

But, children never listen and have to learn the hard way, I guess...


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