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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 1:10:28 PM , Rating: -1
the start menu sucked, who in their right mind would want to traverse a nested file tree to launch applications when they could hit one button and be where they want to be in under a second. It makes no sense. And with the type ahead search support persisted from win7-win8, it's mind boggling that idiots like yourself continue to harp on the start menu. You've been proven to sound like morons again and again. Any true power user never clicked on "all programs" in windows 7 start menu, hell, they probably have never clicked on the start menu since there has been a dedicated key on your keyboard for the past 17 years that launches start. We pity the fools who still can't figure out why tiles make more sense than a tree browsing structure for launching applications. Get a freaking clue and LEARN. You have your desktop UI in windows 8. The start screen is an application launcher to replace the archaic start menu. The Live-tiles can give you information about whether or not you even want to launch an application. Once you know what you're doing, you'll stop being retards and add programs that provide value to the live tiles and reward you for not being a moron and resisting progression. /endrant

RE: Free market
By Motoman on 12/29/2012 2:24:16 PM , Rating: 5
You're entitled to your opinion. Just remember that you're wrong.

The tiles are a nightmare on a real computer. Infinitely less useful than a normal desktop, whatever widgets you want, and a Start menu. Unless, like yourself, you only use Facebook and Hotmail. In which case...enjoy your Fisher-Price "komputer."

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