Windows 8 Thread, Start8 - Bringing back the Windows "Start" menu in Technical; All this need for Start Menu shells could be avoided if Microsoft would give us a sliding search panel when ...
16th October 2012, 11:57 AM #16
All this need for Start Menu shells could be avoided if Microsoft would give us a sliding search panel when on in Desktop mode. Something like Winkey+S (aka search \ start) and you get the same kind of panel you do with Winkey+I
Would mean they could keep the Metro look but not force users away from their work to use the Start screen, which I still find distracting when in the middle of something in desktop mode. Another alternative would be to enhance the run box with predictive search so Winkey+R becomes the quick way to launch apps in desktop mode.
Last edited by gshaw; 16th October 2012 at 12:07 PM.
16th October 2012, 12:30 PM #17
I have to agree that if Microsoft wanted to switch off the Start Menu in Windows 8 by default - then fair enough, but by removing it completely is/was a poor decision. Users/administrators should have the option to switch it back on.
Maybe if there's a big demand for this, they might re-consider re-introducing it in Windows 8 SP1. Alternatively stick with Windows 7...
16th October 2012, 08:00 PM #18
Agreed. If Microsoft had left the Start Menu as an option in Windows 8, then the transition to Metro would be easier. I can't see us using it as it stands on Desktops - I think we will be using 7 for a while yet.
17th October 2012, 01:55 AM #19
17th October 2012, 02:27 AM #20
It looks okay, although the real reason Pokki have created yet another Start Menu replacement is to push their own app store.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
Latest Pokki beta includes a Windows 8 Start menu replacement and options to avoid Metro
"We're doing it in a different way than guys like Stardock or Vistart or Samsung's S-Launcher. So rather than bring back the Windows 7 Start menu, which we agree with Microsoft is really outdated… we really wanted to integrate the core Start menu functionality and then modernize it." Pokki's Start menu isn't just a Windows 7 clone, and nor does the company charge any money for its app. It brings a launcher of sorts which includes favorites for desktop and Metro apps. (Source
17th October 2012, 09:45 AM #21
Unfortunately Start8 doesn't support windows folder direction so it isn't any good for my pupil computers
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