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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For me, default booting to ModernUI is painful and I did all I could with Stardock's tools to make Win8 behaving as much as possible to Win7. 7 was far from perfect but it was usable and effective for the most part.
Were MS missed the boat is they thought too much about one part of there users : "the average joe who buy computers in the supermarket for web/facebook/mail"TM.
Modern UI as a full on tilling WM with no limitations to the Windows Store and what API you must use (and no VM??? I still can't understand that) would have been an amazing product with a very modern (ha ha) take on computing.
No more destop, Win32 apps in their own part of the screen, full on keyboard shortcuts, etc... and of course a "simple" mode for the average joe who couldn't care less about all that.
IMHO they were too greedy and wanted something simple and controlled but forgot about people who actually do work with the thing every single day.
I maybe in the minority (like many of you I assume) but that's what I think, it's a missed opportunity.

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