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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I haven't installed Pokki as I don't run Windows 8 (I have a licensed copy of 8 Pro but I have yet to find the desire to install it), so I have no idea if it has an opt-in/opt-out for collecting usage data.

If it declares the data collection policy and gives an option to turn it on or off, that would be fine. A lot of software out there does that. However, if it's collecting the data without notifying the user or giving them the option to turn it off, it's spyware.

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