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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RE: The lack of a start menu
by ronaldst on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 22:02 UTC in reply to "The lack of a start menu"
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Clearly we are many that think the lack of a start menu IS one of the problems of Windows 8, Lenovo included.

Now, don't get me wrong. I do not consider the Windows 7 start menu particular good, but a full screen replacement on my 30" monitor is totally utterly overkill. It doesn't help that I personally absolutely loathe the tiles - so incredibly ugly, and their notfication concept reminds me of annoying ads crying for my attention. I will take a start menu over that any time.

They're incredibly fugly.

One of things I learned when shopping with my parents when I was younger is looks matter. "That box is pretty" is important to sell stuff. My beef with the Metro UI team is that they haven't come to the realization that most of the artistic stuff doesn't appeal to the masses. Live Tiles are boring and dull. The Design team needs to sacrifice the design a little to appeal to the mainstream.

The integration/mobile part of Windows 8 is crucial and gives it a good edge over it's only competitor: MacOS X. But the Live Tiles is driving people away like it was the plague.

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