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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 AskTheChief on 12/28/2012 10:17:01 PM , Rating: 3
Ah but you are forgetting your first click in the metro to get you to the desktop. Yes, you can do some of those tasks that way if you move the mouse quickly into the corner and hope the menu pops up, verses it being there and you can click and go.

Command prompt is available, remote is not RDP it is called by typing mstsc, UAC is not available via the run line either. However; if you go to the control panel you can enter it into the search and pull it up.

But again I am frustrated by how buggy it is to access that menu, move to it too fast or too slow and it won't pop up.

OK, browsing directories, yes the folder is on the task bar at the bottom just like Window 7 (Did you forget?), but it is only good for one window, so its not so good when you have multiple paths to search through and you may need to compare directories. But you could put a short cut to my computer on the desktop and access it that way, but then I'm adding more to my desktop

OK how do you close a window, with your mouse once it is mogul?
ALT F4 works fine, but I typically close with the mouse. Oh lets do it the new improved way. Go to the top of the screen and drag it down, and if you don't drag it far enough you won't close it. Yeah, this is not better than good ole click on the X.

Oh and lets multitask. I want to have weather open and sized to a small window. Not going to happen. Some apps just can't be re-sized. This looks like MS is going for tablet mode and not considering the desktop. Where have I seen this before on the desktop. Hmmm ... Windows 1.0 maybe?

OK, now lets power down, to do this we must exit the desktop to metro, hover to bring up the charms, click settings, click power, click shut down.

So window key, hover, click, click, and then click to power down. Nice, well played.

Not a thing you said could be done faster in Windows 8 because you have to get a menu to pop up via a hover, move to the corner wrong and the menu won't pop, once you do get it to pop you can then right click verses click and go.


RE: Free market
By Piiman on 12/29/2012 11:35:18 AM , Rating: 2
I like how they act like being able to run 2 whole apps is great. Yeah one app in a 3 inch strip and the other taking up the rest of the screen AMAZING!!!


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