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Windows DOS 4.0, Zune, and Windows 8 are but a few of the landmarks among 25 years of failures Redmond-style, writes InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard in a round-up of Microsoft's 13 worst missteps of all time. 'Over the years, Microsoft's made some incredibly good moves, even if they felt like mistakes at the time: mashing Word and Excel into Office; offering Sabeer Bhatia and cohorts $400 million for a year-old startup; blending Windows 98 and NT to form Windows 2000; sticking a weird Israeli motion sensor on a game box; buying Skype for an unconscionable amount of money. (The jury's still out on the last one.) Along the way, Microsoft has had more than its fair share of bad mistakes; 2012 alone was among the most tumultuous years in Microsoft history I can recall. This year you can bet that Redmond will do everything in its power to prove 2012 naysayers wrong. To do so, Microsoft must learn from the following dirty baker's dozen of its most dreck-laden decisions, the ones that have had the very worst consequences, from a customer's point of view.'
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by fran on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:55 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

I've been using Window's 8 now for a day. (a bit late to the party).
I can for the life of me not understand why the start menu was omitted in desktop mode.
Luckily there are third parties that offer plugins to fill the gap like start8 and classic shell.
The former which i installed and now i am very happy with windows 8. The desktop mode is gorgeous.

Edited 2013-01-14 23:58 UTC

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by wigry on Tue 15th Jan 2013 07:32 in reply to "start bar"
wigry Member since:
2008-10-09

Start8 and Classic Shell seems to get all the attention while nice little thing called Pokki remains totally out of sight for most users... Another perfect example of branding and marketing. No one will relate a thing named as Pokki to Windows 8 start menu, do they?

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by fran on Tue 15th Jan 2013 15:18 in reply to "RE: start bar"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Start8 and Classic Shell seems to get all the attention while nice little thing called Pokki remains totally out of sight for most users... Another perfect example of branding and marketing. No one will relate a thing named as Pokki to Windows 8 start menu, do they?


It has now been duly noted thanks.
I did a quick search and i found them to be on page one of google search. That is if you search "Windows start plugin". So their marketing seems A1 and it's probably not so obscure like we think.

I visited their page and i really like the layout of their start menu plugin.
https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

You know we have so many options for start menu now that the omission of it and the choice of third party plugins that arose as a result of it .....is actually great....in a sense.

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by cjmuk on Wed 16th Jan 2013 10:07 in reply to "RE: start bar"
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2013-01-16

Pokki is everything I want to avoid. The styling is nice/modern, but it's bloated and tries to be all things to all people. Plus it's heavily invested in pimping it's own app store.

Some people might appreciate its approach and extra features, but it's not simply a Start Menu replacement like the other two.

Personally, I'm open to the eveolution (but not removal) of the Start Menu, but app stores and yet-more-social media integration doesn't float my boat. YMMV.

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