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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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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