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: Comment by Morgan
by Stephen! on Thu 17th Jan 2013 11:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
Stephen!
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2007-11-24

Windows 8 is the transition OS, so there's no way they could have left it out and expected to see a single corporate sale.


It worked before though, with the transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by r_a_trip on Thu 17th Jan 2013 13:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, but that was a significant improvement. I've yet to see what TIFKAM does significantly better than the Windows 95 paradigm.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Dave_K on Thu 17th Jan 2013 13:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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2005-11-16

It worked before though, with the transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.


When it comes to the user interface, going from Win 3.1 to Win 95 was a much less radical change.

In addition, Windows 95 actually offered more features and flexibility, rather than massively restricting the user. Pretty much anything that can be done in 3.1 can also be done in 95, while that isn't true of Modern UI's touch tablet optimised interface.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Carrot007 on Thu 17th Jan 2013 14:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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2008-02-04

It worked before though, with the transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.


Windows 95 gave you the option to select the old 3.1 progman.exe shell when installing. (certainly in the original release, maybe even in OSR2).

Progman.exe was kept in all the 9x os's and is even present on win XP (havn't got a vista/7/8 machine handy to check right now). However since the explorer interface was an inprovement apps quickly tended to stop intalling things so that they appeared in progman so it was pretty useless as an application launcher.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by ze_jerkface on Thu 17th Jan 2013 16:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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2012-06-22

It worked before though, with the transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.


That was before the corporate world went all-in with Win32 and .NET for internal applications.

You can't get rid of Win32.

It just won't happen. Ever.

Even if Microsoft broke compatibility it would be far cheaper for the corporate world to fund WINE than to re-develop all that software. Ditching Win32 is a fantasy that shouldn't be given any more serious thought than Santa Claus.

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by lucas_maximus on Thu 17th Jan 2013 20:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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2009-08-18

Virtual machines.

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