Lenovo To Include Pokki Start Menu on Win 8 Devices

Of all the things Microsoft did wrong with Windows 8, perhaps the worst was removing the Start menu from the operating system. Lenovo has recognized this as a major complaint from its customers and is partnering with Sweet Labs to re-introduce the Start menu on its computers.

Sweet Labs' Pokki application is already available for download if you have a Windows 8 computer but it will come pre-installed on all Lenovo computers worldwide. Other companies have already tried to install software in order to replace the missing Start menu but many have failed with their implementation.

Pokki

Pokki is easily one of the most popular attempts to replace the Start menu, with more than 3 million downloads. Lenovo's placement at the top of the PC market combined with Sweet Labs' expertise with software will allow people to buy acceptable Windows 8 laptops and desktops.

The new range of devices receiving Pokki as a pre-installed piece of software will be available in all English-speaking countries within the next couple of weeks. One of the major downfalls of Pokki, however, is its lack of resemblance to the actual Windows Start menu.

Although Pokki is heavily customizable it can never actually look like the traditional Start menu, which people miss. Outside of not resembling the menu, Pokki also pushes apps in a fairly significant way. Games and applications such as Angry Birds are advertised in the menu, which is exactly what users tend to refer to as "bloatware."

The All Important Menu

It is amazing how significant a simple icon and menu are to the success of an operating system. Windows 8 has seen poor adoption rates since it launched, with one of the main reasons for that being the lack of a Start menu. Unless users have a touchscreen computer -- which most do not -- having to use...

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