Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2013 23:40 UTC
Windows Pokki is a start menu replacement for Windows - and it has already been downloaded 1.5 million times for Windows 8. "Since the launch of Windows 8, we've seen over 1.5 million Pokki downloads on the new OS itself and users opening the Pokki Menu an average of 10 times a day. These early numbers demonstrate that users enjoy being able to instantly access and discover apps, straight from the desktop." And this is just one of the countless replacements. Microsoft should've never kept the traditional desktop in there - they've given users the ability to escape Metro, and this will only hurt the new environment.
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RE[4]: Just a thought...
by edwdig on Thu 17th Jan 2013 04:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just a thought..."
edwdig
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Well, here's my point of view:

I use most Start Menu features. My most frequently used apps are pinned to the task bar, my less frequent ones to Start. I use the submenus apps can create. For example, Start -> Putty -> Server is a nice shortcut. I use the shortcuts on the right side of the menu a lot.

If I'm not sure what I'm looking for and have to browse the Start menu, the new menu sucks. The large buttons mean you don't fit much on screen at once and make scrolling slow. The default view of not showing everything doesn't always work, and it doesn't scale up well if you show everything.

The Win8 Start menu is hard on the eyes when it opens up - the full screen flash and all the animations as things come in. I flinch every time it opens - only a little now, but it was more drastic in the beginning.

The new desktop theme sucks. Everything is too flat. Buttons don't stand out enough. It just takes longer to find buttons with the new subtle style.

The new Explorer interface is awful. It was much easier to use without the ribbons.

I worked with Win8 for about 6 months. I could be productive on it, but in the end, I'm far more productive on Win7. The OS level improvements in Win8 are pretty minor, but the UI changes are a pretty big setback. It's not even close, Win7 is far better as far as I'm concerned.

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