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 ze_jerkface on Thu 17th Jan 2013 08:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just a thought..."
ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

In Windows 7:
Press the Win key, start typing the name of the application until it is selected, and then press Enter

In Windows 8:
Press the Win key, start typing the name of the application until it is selected, and then press Enter


Let me fix that for you:
In Windows 8:
Press the Win key, start typing AND METRO JUMPS IN AND SCREAMS HEEEEYYYOOOOOOO like annoying adware. Oh I'm sorry did I ask for playskool puke tiles to load when I wanted a program?


I shouldn't have to see a full screen animation when I want to launch a single application. That's freaking retarded.

Anyways "type n run" isn't faster if my hand is already on the mouse. Furthermore I have over 50 items in my start menu at work, do I need to go memorize them all for Windows 8? Some I only use twice a year.

I also have multiple versions of the same program so "type the program" becomes an incredible waste of time as I have to hover over the icon to look at the path.

I and others listed dozens of problems that start screen causes on the Windows 8 blog. Instead of utilizing common sense as a 5 year old would do and make Metro optional Sinofsky decided to censor the most damning criticisms and force his grand vision on us.

But I guess we developers were wrong and Sinofsky was right as seen by what a hot seller Windows 8 has turned out to be. I mean what better evidence of Windows 8 being a great idea than the third party market that has been created to fix the goddamn thing.

Edited 2013-01-17 08:12 UTC

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RE[5]: Just a thought...
by cjmuk on Thu 17th Jan 2013 11:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Just a thought..."
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2013-01-16

Anyways "type n run" isn't faster if my hand is already on the mouse. Furthermore I have over 50 items in my start menu at work, do I need to go memorize them all for Windows 8? Some I only use twice a year.

I also have multiple versions of the same program so "type the program" becomes an incredible waste of time as I have to hover over the icon to look at the path.


Indeed.

There are reasons we have mice. And there are delays whenever we need to swap from mouse to keyboard and back.

There are also reasons why book pages have limited width and why newspapers have multiple narrow columns of text. Similarly, there are reasons why try to avoid horizontal scrolling in web development, but allow a certain amount of vertical scrolling. Forgetting all the other UI crimes of Metro, why give us a wholly unnatural situation were we have an awkward-to-scan bloated, horizontally-scrolling menu and then ask us to scroll using a vertical scroll wheel...??

For the record, I am a happy Win8 user and have been since the beginning - at least once Start8 removed the pain of the Start screen, and once I found proper replacements for the poor out-of-the-box apps. Overall, the OS is stable and responsive, and there are a few nice touches.

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