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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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Another vote No on Win8
By m51 on 12/30/2012 7:33:56 PM , Rating: 3
I've installed Win8 on 2 desktop systems at home so far. The fast boot is nice, but the metro interface is annoying. Not in of itself but the fact that the system switches between two different UI. I have no use for metro on a desktop machine, but I'm constantly dropped in and out of it which disrupts my chain of thought on the tasks I'm actually trying to do. I must admit I find it very annoying. I find I'm spending mental effort trying to figure out how to do what I want to do, how to get out of some metro program I'm dropped into etc. It's just needlessly disruptive mentally.
The lack of a start button is also annoying since you are forced to wait for the system to respond to pop up the charms bar and then find the button that wasn't visible before etc. It was much faster and easier with a start button because timing was dependent on My mouse clicks on objects that were already on screen. Another mentally disruptive aspect. It's like I'm constantly being forced to watch an ad for Microsofts touch interface. I have other things to do.

After several weeks of Win8 I have gone back to Win7, there is no compelling feature in Win8 that out weighs the increased awkwardness of the Win8 interface for a desktop machine. At least Win8 was relatively cheap to try.

I understand MS is desperate to be a part of the tablet trend that is sidelining Windows, but to do it at the inconvenience of it's existing desktop users isn't winning it any friends.

RE: Another vote No on Win8
By nikon133 on 12/31/2012 3:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there's that. Switching between Modern and Desktop is a bit jarring. I personally don't have problem with that, but I can see people not liking it. Since I don't, I like additional functionality of Start screen over Start menu. I'm using Hotmail (and SkyDrive) as it syncs well over iPhone, Transformer and my Windows PCs... so I like capability to see if there are new emails, calendar events etc. on Mail/Calendar tiles before opening Outlook. Start Screen is also more customizable than Win 7 Start menu. Outside of that, majority of my apps are desktop apps, so I'm spending most of time on desktop anyway. Only Modern apps I'm using are small info apps like NZ Herald etc., which I check on occasion.

I'm working for small IT company and we have moved majority of our desktops and laptops to 8, on voluntary base; Windows 8 was made available to staff, but not required. Most moved, and majority is happy with it. Minority share your feeling about Start screen, but can live with it. All that said, I have no illusions that 8 would be as well accepted among our customers, most of which we have managed to move to 7 within last two years. Some are still longing for XP and Office 2003. Everyday users don't like changes which in understandable - computer is just a tool they use to do their job, and less changes they have to learn and adapt to, less problems they have in doing their actual jobs. We have a few Win 8 machines among small users (retail purchases), but not more than that.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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