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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And the 8.1 solution?
by blitze on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 06:44 UTC
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Really, do we need a drop down or pop out menu for applications on the desktop when between shortcuts, taskbar launchers and Start screen, there is more than enough to cover your bases.

Also, you in 8.1 can have a minimal start screen with no live tiles and also medium or small icons for your applications arranged as you see fit. Hitting the Windows key on the keyboard to select a program to launch and then having your focus immediately returned to desktop, it isn't that scary.

I do agree that having no live tiles on desktop is poor for the whole concept of live tiles and that I kill them in the start screen.

As for Metro, never touch a metro app on my PC until the day I can run one in a window like any desktop app along with all my other desktop apps. Simple.

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The problem with many ways to do the same thing is that they are not exactly doing all the same thing.

I don't know about Linux, OS-X, or even Windows 8.0/8.1 but in all Windows versions up and including 7.0, there are functions/operations that can be done only from the command line and others only using a graphical widget and the mouse. Figuring out in which "world" a given object resides has usually been infuriating.

Another annoyance are keyboard short-cuts which change meaning according to the application. The one I curse the most now is "Alt-S" which is the clipboard "paste special" in many text editors as well as the "send" in Outlook. Many times, I have simply sent a blank message or incomplete message when desiring to insert other elements.

What I wish for is very simple:

A plain screen with symbolic links to the few often-used applications and documents.

An application menu becoming visible where I click a chord of mouse buttons or the "OS" key on the keyboard (at a pre-determined location). It does not have to be called "start menu" at all. Multiple items can be with drop-down lists or in a manner similar to cross-bar media.

The possibility to put-on-hold all notifications (e.g. incoming e-mails) while I'm focusing on the stuff I'm doing for a living.

By-the-way, the Windows 8 tiles reminds me a lot of the Program Manager Groups (Windows 3.0/3.1 Era) but just taking more space and being less informative.

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