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Windows 8 Says Stop to Start, Dates Rumors Bandied

Financial analysts think they know when Windows 8 will ship. According to the latest scuttlebutt, there will be a release candidate (another term for a late, late beta) this June, a release-to-manufacturing version (this means it is ready to go if no show-stopping bugs are found) a month or two later and then we should all be able to buy a finished version in September or October.

What funny about these reports citing unnamed sources? This is pretty much what Microsoft watchers have been saying all year.

The same unnamed source was apparently told Win 8 won't have a Start button. Isn't that something many of you Redmond Reader have been harping on these past months?

Hmmm. I have to admit I'm still a mite bit confused over the state of Start. Does the Desktop interface have Start or is it just plumb gone? You tell me at

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/02/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 Yiddish

Let's try window's 8 OS.

Tue, Apr 3, 2012

There is no START button. Period. But, the same features are found on the Metro Interface. Do you need another START button? I do not think so. But, this OS does take some time to get used to, and I still have not gotten used to it. Some type of guide would have been nice for the beta test.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 Gary

JC: Type cmd directly into the Metro UI and it will present you with cmd.exe in the Apps list. Just click on it.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 Gary

Apart from the Metro UI being one big start button it also has a number of features that make it really easy to find stuff. Just start typing and it will narrow down your application search in real time. You can right click near the bottom of the screen & it will bring up a menu with all apps. Click on that & your apps will be grouped. Click the magnifying glass and it will show a summarized view of your apps. There is probably heaps more of this stuff to be found.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 JC Austin

Tell me how quickly a new user will be able to open a command prompt. Took me about 15 minutes of pure frustration to get to it.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 Craig Berntson

The Win8 desktop does not have a Start button. But, the entire Metro UI *is* the start button. So, we've gone from one small, cirular button to an entire, virtual screen start button.

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