Windows 8 is coming. On October 26th, Microsoft will try to win back the hearts and minds of users now spending more time on their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Windows 8 has the potential to change the world of computing and put Microsoft back on top, particularly as more and more devices become touch-enabled. To try to pull this off, Microsoft is introducing a touch-oriented version of Windows that is bold and innovative, yet also different and unfamiliar.
We just don’t know yet if Microsoft will be triumphant in reminding us all why Windows is *still* the dominant OS or if Windows 8 will go the route of Vista or Bob. Only time will tell. What we do know is that in the meantime, there are 1.3 billion mainstream users who will continue to rely on their PCs daily and many might struggle with this sudden and drastic change.
Chris Pirillo’s viral video of his dad trying to use Windows 8 illustrated how tough this change might be for mainstream PC users transitioning to the new OS. In fact, we recently hit the streets with Chris to film everyday PC users trying Windows 8 out for the first time. The reactions we witnessed and captured further reinforced that there was a need for us to help, and in particular with the absence of the Start Menu.
The Start Menu? Yes, that button in the lower left-hand corner you’ve clicked on multiple times a day for the past decade to access your programs, files, folders, manage your settings, or shut down your computer. It’s one of those small things in life you probably don’t appreciate until it’s gone. Well, it’s now gone in Windows 8.
So Pokki has brought back the core Start Menu functionality in a way that you’re familiar with, but has been modernized to be easy and enjoyable to use. Today, we’ve launched Pokki for Windows 8, which includes the Pokki Menu.
The Pokki Menu now enables you to:
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If you’re on Windows 8, please download Pokki and give it a try. We hope to make your experience better by bringing back the Start Menu, along with hundreds of free apps and games built naturally for your keyboard, mouse, and PC. If you’re on Windows 7, Vista, or XP, you can also use these new features for a fun, new way to access all your stuff on your PC (just right-click on the acorn to turn on the Start Menu sidebar).
As a unique startup that loves the PC and cares deeply about making the PC experience better, we hope this new version of Pokki makes the Windows experience better, whether it’s helping to make the new Windows 8 experience easier and more fun to use or helping Windows 7, Vista, and XP users enjoy a modern app experience on their PCs.