Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 20:51 UTC
Windows Pokki, a Start menu replacement for Windows 8, will be installed on all Lenovo PCs.

We’re excited to announce that the #1 PC maker in the world, Lenovo, will be shipping Pokki on new Windows 8 devices worldwide! In other words, you’ll soon be able to buy a brand new Lenovo laptop or desktop with our full Pokki software suite integrated and ready to use out-of-the-box!

Windows 8 has loads of problems, but the lack of the Start menu is not one of them. The fact that Metro - and more importantly - its applications still suck, however, is.

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What about Classic Shell?
by tuaris on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 01:29 UTC
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If they really cared about the lack of a "Start Menu", Lenovo would have instead opted for the free and open source Classic Shell project.

This "Pokki" thing looks like a means of Lenovo pushing out some revenue generating bloatware with there PC's and laptops. Then making it seem as if they are doing consumers a favor by "giving back" the start menu.

They are taking advantage of a bad situation in a very malicious way. I give my props to their marketing department. Very clever indeed.

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