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The final version of the new Microsoft operating system Windows 8 is expected to be released by the end of 2012. Industry experts are getting sneak peaks at the updates and advancements of Windows 8 and are comparing the new OS with Windows 7 and other previous operating systems. One of the major changes users will see with Windows 8 is the elimination of the signature Windows Start button on the taskbar.The Start button traditionally provides users with quick access to the a menu of Windows programs and tasks. The elimination of this tool will require companies to offer IT training to employees to make sure they know how to access programs and files without the Start button in the new operating system. Although the button will not longer exist, the functionality of a Start menu will remain. Users can simply move the mouse over to the bottom left corner of the screen to have the Start menu pop up and the traditional assortment of programs appear, Tech Spot reported.The change is part of an overhaul of the Start screen in Metro-based systems. Microsoft is planning to abandon the traditional desktop view for the new Metro screen, as more applications will be depending on this system when the operating system launches, the source reported.While the leaked version of Windows 8 features the no-Start button interface, the company said the change may not be permanent if enough consumers say they want the button to stay.. Currently, Microsoft is hoping to replace the button with a thumbnail preview of places to navigate on the operating system such as apps, system settings or the alternative desktop view, APC Magazine reported.
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