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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 TakinYourPoints on 12/29/2012 8:07:49 PM , Rating: 3
There are very few laptops with comparable displays, ones like the upgraded (not standard) Lenovo X220 and the Asus Zenbook Prime. Lenovo has very good keyboards in their comparably priced mid and high end laptops. Other than that, no, you're still dealing with inferior trackpads, inferior accessories (the international power kit for the MBP still blows everything else away), as well as systemwide multitouch gesture support through the OS.

I agree with you about type-to-search or type-to-launch though, it is great. I've used Spotlight and Windows Search to do those functions since they were made available (2005 in OS 10.4 and 2009 when WS was fixed in Windows 7) and they're excellent. I actually do the same with some other apps too (Steam, iTunes), it is a hell of a lot faster than hunting with a mouse when you have dozens or thousands of things to hunt through.

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