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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 crispbp04 on 12/29/2012 1:01:51 PM , Rating: 1
Words from short-sighted fools. The start button was utterly useless and needed to die. You'll "get it" after a few more iterations.. well, I can only hope.

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/29/2012 2:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
There is no possible way to organize and access dozens to hundreds of applications better than the Start menu.

You'd get that if you did more than play solitaire and surf Chatroulette.

RE: Free market
By crispbp04 on 12/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: Free market
By boeush on 12/30/2012 7:11:53 PM , Rating: 3
Sometimes the type-a-word approach fails. Namely, when you either don't remember the exact name of the program (particularly an issue for the grandparent types) or when you don't know the exact name to begin with. Hierarchical visual organization lets you drill down to what you need by following conceptual or semantic links. It is the optimal mechanism for DISCOVERY of functionality that you might not have known existed. It's the way the Web (with its hyperlinks) is organized. With win8, Microsoft has done strange things to discoverability, in some ways improving it and yet in other ways severely damaging it.

They have also violated a cardinal rule of product design: if it ain't broken, don't fix it. They should have at a minimum given an option of choosing which shell a user wants to run (which is also one of the longest-running faux pas in Windows generally, that is commingling actual underlying OS and the superficial veneer that is the UI into a monolithic intertwined package, rather than allowing users to mix and match UI vs. OS to their liking.)

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/30/2012 7:11:59 PM , Rating: 2 far as that goes, you don't "need" a GUI anyway. F%ck all this noise and just go back to DOS, 'cuz that's all you "need."

Start menu and traditional desktop is *better*. The Metrosexual UI is worse.

Period. End of story. The more you try to pretend that isn't true, the more pathetic you get.

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