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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 InsGadget on 12/29/2012 2:52:25 AM , Rating: 2
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Which, if it continues, will drive people (and maybe companies) away from MS to other, more user-friendly and productive platforms and products.


Ok, go. Find this panacea of awesome software that always makes you happy.


RE: Free market
By Donkey2008 on 12/29/2012 3:54:18 AM , Rating: 3
His point is that the classic Windows GUI works fine and there was no need to radically change it to suit the needs of tablet users. Microsoft could have first concentrated on making a good tablet OS, then integrating it with Windows over time. Instead, they chose to do everything at once. We get a half-baked tablet OS attached to a half-baked desktop OS.

By the way, I do not remember Apple having to make one OS for every device they sell. They were smart enough to see that tablet and desktop users are two different types of users. Then again, Apple is the richest company on earth, so what the hell do they know about giving customers what they want.


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