Monday, December 23, 2013

Lenovo To Re-launch Start Menu In Windows 8 OS

The biggest complaint on the latest Windows 8 operating system is the missing Start button. Many Windows 8 users have complained about the missing Start button in the Windows support forums and these complaints have caused a big headache to the Windows engineering team. Microsoft’s introduction of the Windows 8 operating system without the Start menu was hard for a number of users to digest. Many of the users who have done the Windows 8 transfer were very disappointed by the missing Start button.

It is heard that Lenovo is not going to wait for the release of Windows 8.1 to get the Start button back. They have partnered with a startup to restore the much-missed Start menu. The Windows 8.1 was to be released from Microsoft on October 17, 2013. This has apparently started rolling out to the manufacturers. With this update, the users will be able to see the return of the Start button, even though the full cascading menu will be absent. Possibly, in the light of this compromise, Lenovo has teamed up with the software company SweetLabs to pre-install its Pokki software on the computers. According to a press release by SweetLabs, Pokki will place a small acorn button where the Start button used to be.

Pokki is also a platform to distribute apps like Pinterest, Sound Cloud, Angry Birds, Twitter, Spotify and hundreds of other apps. This announcement also brings up improved app store and app recommendation platform, that will support additional app types which include traditional Windows apps such as Dropbox, Skype and Evernote as well as the Pokki version of social apps and web apps like Gmail and Facebook.

Meanwhile, the personal computer market is in the biggest decline of history, with the Windows 8 transfer proving to be highly troublesome among the users. The Pokki package has an app store from the Windows store, a modern Start menu and a gaming arcade. As per Bloomberg, Pokki has been downloaded into more than three million Windows 8 computers, with the average consumer opening the Pokki software more than ten times a day.

As per Lenovo, the Pokki software will arrive on some IdeaPad, IdeaCentre and ThinkPad models, though they did not specify on which models. This will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Bloomberg says that Pokki will eventually come pre-installed on all the models of Lenovo PCs. Lenovo also said that the devices would be available in multiple areas globally.

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