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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 Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 12/30/2012 11:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
Did we read the same post? Of course it deserved to get downranked to -1.

1) The tone is obnoxious and overbearing (yes, I realize that that's a pretty ironic statement, coming from me).

2) The "holocaust" comment is utterly unnecessary and inappropriate.

3) The premise that, because Windows 7 is still for sale, Windows 8 isn't being forced on you is wrong in so many ways that I'm not even going to bother to counter the claim.

4) The prediction that Metro and the desktop will splinter is ridiculous. The desktop will disappear and be replaced by Metro, if Microsoft has it's way.

5) The next paragraph after that, I don't even know where to start.

6) Just writing "power users such as I" earned the downranking.

I'm not gonna spend any more time dissecting the post, but yeah. That post got downranked on its own "merits", no "crowd mentality" needed.

RE: Free market
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 12/30/2012 12:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ugh, did I really type "it's" instead of "its"? Awkward...

RE: Free market
By NellyFromMA on 1/7/2013 4:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
Lol odl fogie labels me obnoxious, overbearing, and even insensitive because I dare use the world holocaust. I guess in general people like you are exactly like people like me prefer not to even bother explaining things in the first place. Good luck with that narrow perspective of yours.

RE: Free market
By NellyFromMA on 1/7/2013 5:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
1 Your whole response is obnoxious and overbearing.

2 The holocaust comment is not offensive and if you are offended, change your diapers

3 Microsoft can support any number of OSes that they'd like and XP hung on for a decade, so Win7 haniging around is not unthinkable.

4 See 3

5 and 6, honestly, go f*ck yourself. I offer insight and you're all uptight because only your perspective is correct. F*ck you

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