Agent P Strikes Back App is now in the Store

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The second Disney’s App is now in the Store, Agent P Strikes Back is of the ‘Phineas and Ferb’ cartoon fame of course, and the Kids love it. Disney guarantees hours and hours of pleasure with this App for the boys, the girls already had their own App a few days ago. Here is Disney’s description from the Store:

Description
Guide Perry aka “Agent P” through this action-packed, side-scrolling adventure! Try to locate the other missing agents as you battle robotic guards and double jump your way through Doof’s complex.

Features
Based on the popular Disney Channel series ‘Phineas and Ferb’
Supports Touch Control Devices, Keyboard and Xbox 360 Controller

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You wanna download this for your children? Go right ahead via the following source link.

Source: Windows Store

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Kids Tube–Dedicated YouTube Kids Channel app

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Here is something for us Parents with little ones. A curated app for YouTube Videos dedicated to Kids. You can comfortably hand your device to your kids and be sure they will not be watching YouTube garbage while in this app. The App is free in the Store with AD support. Following is the app description from the Store:

Description
Powered by YouTube, KidsTube is a great interface for safe and clean viewing of videos for children. Parents no longer have to supervise what their children are viewing or what their children are searching for on Google’s YouTube.
With a simple user interface, your children can navigate and watch children’s videos for hours and hours. Content is updated every time you launch the application. Pin videos you like to the desktop for easy access.
The content is indexed and updated every time you lunch the application.
Pin the videos you like to the desktop for an easy access.
Disclaimer:
This app provides easy access to and additional functionality for YouTube videos. This app or its developers and publishers do not own and is not responsible for any video clips posted on YouTube. It is the responsibility of the application (app) user to abide by all relevant copyright laws.

Features
Hours of  YouTube videos for picked especially for kids
Pin the videos you like to the desktop
Watch videos while you play/work in a the Snapped mode

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The App is available for download via the following source link.

Source: Windows Store

The Official Khan Academy App is now in the Store

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The Official Khan Academy App just dropped in the Store. We’ve had some fan-created apps in the Store for the site, now Khan Academy itself stepped up and created an App for themselves. The app is beautifully built I must say. You can download complete course locally via the App. Khan Academy is an Online Educational resource for a lot of students, providing free Tutorials of almost every subject. The library according to Khan Academy contains more than 3400 quality videos. If you are a student this app will be right in your alley. Here is Khan Academy’s description for the App:

Description
Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.
Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos.
We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.
It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology; Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Head over to www.khanacademy.org to learn more.

Features
Downloadable videos: take individual videos or entire playlists to watch offline at your own pace
Search and share: use Windows charms to search videos and share using any app which can share
Track your progress: Log in with your Khan Academy user account to get credit for watching videos
Watch on TV: use devices charm to play videos on your TV using a PlayTo enabled device on your network

 

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If you are curious about Khan Academy, please download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

JPL’s Dedicated App for Curiosity is in the Store

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Another day, another App. Here is NASA’s JPL releasing yet another app in the Store joining the Be A Martian App, and this time a dedicated App for the Mars Rover: Curiosity. I personally like this development as this meant we will be seeing dedicated apps for NASA wares on Mars and other parts of the Universe. Hey NASA, can we have one too for Vger, ahem, I meant Voyager 1 and 2? ;-)

Anyway, If you’ve been a Space bum like me and most of my friends you know who Curiosity is, he has been making waves since August this year on Mars. First with a Grand Entry, landing on rockets of fire, and already finding some strange objects. Ach, don’t take my word for it, just install this app and get the full details from NASA, and keep abreast of latest information too about this dear Robot. You said what I meant with ‘dear’? Well, I have personal vested interest in this robot because it took some names of earthlings to Mars and Yours truly’s name in on that list.

Here’s how JPL describes this app in the Store:

Description
NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6th, 2012. Explore this amazing SUV-sized rover, and learn about the tools that it will use to explore the Martian landscape.

Features
Explore NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity with touch or your mouse.
Learn about why Curiosity is a Mars Science Laboratory.
Share your love of exploration with your friends.

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If you love Curiosity and will like to more about his robots mission, please download this app immediately via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

Windows Phone App–The Zune Software Replacement is in the Store

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Microsoft threw its Windows Phone Users a bone today, they released the Windows Phone App to the Store with which you can manage your latest Windows Phones. Note the word “Latest” in there because it is significant. It means this app will not support anything less than Windows Phone 8 devices. Bummer really, especially to Nokia 800/900 users. Microsoft this is unacceptable, if you keep screwing your user base, it will not be good for the platform adoption in the long run as it will erode confidence of future usability of MS platform devices. So, throw WP7 users a bone too will you?!

Anyway, we knew this App was coming as the Zune brand was being deprecated all over the place. For example you can still install Zune software on your Windows 8 devices to manage your phones, but it only works on the Desktop, which means WindowsRT users are out of luck. So, this is a timely release indeed, especially because Windows Phone 8 is going live today.

Here is how MS describes the App in the Store:

Description
Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 work together seamlessly with the Windows Phone app so you always have your photos, videos, and music, and more where you want them.

Features
Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.

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Anyone seen in this description that Windows Phone 7.5 will not be supported? I don’t! So, can we take Microsoft now to court for abandoning us WP7 users? Smile Anyways, you are lucky Microsoft as I intend to get the Lumia 920 shortly, so I wont wake my lawyer from his slumber. But still, I think it’s a shame that a lot of old WinPhone users are sidelined this way. First, it was no WP8 upgrade, and now this.

If you one of the lucky few who already have a WP8 device, please go ahead and download this app via the Source link, or if you are a WP7 user and you want to complain to Microsoft, also download it and add your frustration to the long list on the App Review page.

Thanks Nazmus for a great tip.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @NazmusLabs

Debunking that Surface Word Typing Video

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There was a lot of brouhaha about typing in Word of Office 2013 on Surface yesterday around the video you see here above. I was wondering what the noise was all about. Was Surface now really that laggy as the guy claimed or is this some kind of cheap publicity stunt from haters’ camp. I didn’t have the chance to really watch the video until just a few minutes ago, and I was amazed at what I saw. Notice in the guy’s video he mentioned that if you type on any other text app or in the email app it was normal! The whole brouhaha was based on lack of knowledge of the person who created the video as what he saw was not a failure of Surface nor that of Office 2013, but what he saw was by design. In fact this is old news!

If you don’t believe me, see the following post from Paul Thurrott as early as April was this a known design issues Office 2013 on any platform, ARM or Intel! Paul even made the following video about it:

Paul’s Video of April 2012

This is a feature of Office 2013 that is called Office Animation. Because Office is now a GPU Accelerated Package, Microsoft can afford to offload most of the Screen intensive rendering to the GPU, in fact, they get proficient in GPU usage that they could afford to add screen animations like the one you saw in the video called Text Flow smoothing. The text kind-of flow on the screen. You will notice this effect a lot in Excel too and other Office 2013 applications. Of course for someone that works a lot with Office, these animations can be a hindrance than a nicety as we’ve seen, that is why the same Paul Thurrott proposed turning off the Office Animation completely in this post. This was posted as of July this year!

So there you have it, somebody using a known design feature to bash Surface. What mostly disturbed me is that the guy is a Microsoft MVP, which means he is supposed to know above average this kind of things. Going to public to tarnish a product without performing a standard industry agreed steps like calling for support, visiting the forum or twitterverse for advise. It was later discovered that he failed to download the Updates for Surface that would have alleviated this issues. What he did is sensationalism. The fact that he waited more than a minute to run Mail app is ridiculous, I don’t see the effect he was talking about, neither are a lot of people. So, Mr. MVP, you’d better invest more time to know about the stuff you profess and stop making a fool of yourself.

[Addendum: I personally will not advice turning off Office Animation especially on mobile devices like Surface until Microsoft takes a stand on this issue. The reason I said this is because it is not clear if the Registry hack that Paul proposses turned off GPU acceleration which will load screen rendering back on the CPU, and will subsequently severely impact battery life! So, wait till MS tune this screen animation thing, don’t turn it off.]

FlightRadar24 App is now in the Store

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Here is another quality app in the Store. FlightRadar24 is a real-life Air Traffic monitoring app, acclaimed on all mobile platforms. You can follow any Aircraft’s journey real-life anywhere it may be in the world if it has a transponder, and although certain areas of the world coverage may be flaky, they’ve got excellent reputation for developed countries coverage. So if you’ve got relatives travelling or you are an aircraft spotter, this is the real deal for you. Unfortunately the app doesn’t have a trial, that itself speaks of the confidence of the vendors as they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. They’ve go a solid reputation to back up the app.

Here is how they described it from the Store:

Description
Turn your Windows 8 PC into an air traffic radar and see airplane traffic around the world in real-time. Discover why millions are already using FlightRadar24.
FlightRadar24 is, or has been the number one travel app in more than 50 countries including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia. We are frequently featured in the media and recent media mentions include Bild (Germany), Le Monde (France), and CNN (US).
COVERAGE
We are constantly working to expand FlightRadar24’s global coverage. Below is a breakdown of our coverage as of August 2012. For the most up-to-date coverage, please visit http://www.flightradar24.com
* EUROPE
Roughly 95% of the continent covered
* NORTH AMERICA
Complete coverage in the US and Canada (but with 5 minute delay) thanks to FAA data. Additional real-time data in large parts of the two countries. Minor coverage in Mexico
* Rest of the World
We have coverage in parts of Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greenland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and many other countries
Please note that coverage will vary.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please note that FlightRadar24 only can track aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. The exception is in the US and Canada where we get radar data from the FAA and can track almost all planes, but with a five-minute delay. Visit http://www.flightradar24.com for more information about ADS-B and FlightRadar24’s coverage.

Features
Planes moving in real-time
Comprehensive information for each individual plane, including route, speed, altitude and more
Easy to search for a specific flight or airport
Flight trails and callsigns directly on map
Snap to follow a flight or watch near by flights as you work on other tasks
Airport weather
Follow airport inbound and outbound flights
Banner free

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You can download the app via the Source if it tickles you fancy.

Source: Windows Store

Urbanspoon is now Live in the Store

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!” Here is the one of the few Apps Microsoft Demoed during the Launch of Windows 8 this week, and like the notorious dictator, it has been hiding from the public. Well here we have for the general public pleasure. Urbanspoon will show you the nearest restaurants and their menu. Following is the full description of the App:

Description

Access the Urbanspoon database of over 800,000 restaurants to find the best restaurants in your city or while on the road.  Search by neighborhood or cuisine to locate the best eats for every meal.  Browse photos and read reviews to see what locals are saying.  Share your culinary discoveries with friends.

Features
Search for restaurants near you
Browse reviews and pictures
Share your discoveries
Vote up or down on restaurants

 

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So there we have it. If you like the app, go ahead and download via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

TechNet Wiki Widget App is in the Store

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OK here is something for us Devs and Techies alike. Keep abreast of TechNet Articles.

Description

The TechNet Wiki Widget is a little App to help you stay on top of new and updated TechNet Wiki articles.
It also highlights the TechNet Wiki Ninja Blogs who celebrate and evangelize the TechNet community, so you can stay up to date and in touch with developments.
You can also add your own tag searches and article watches, so you are informed of any new articles of interest to you.
This App also has built in Twitter integration, allowing you to Tweet links with one click.
This is an actively developing project, so please watch out for updates, as features and extra functionality are added.

Features
TechNet Wiki integration
Article watch
Tag search & monitor
Twitter integration
Wiki Ninja watch

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Download via Source

Source: Windows Store

Checkbook HD Free App is in the Store

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Description

You want an application, which you can use as a checkbook for all your accounts, and always stay aware of how much money is left on each of your accounts, and how it happened. You can import your banking records using your bank’s OFX file or manually add entries that change balance on your accounts. You can schedule recurring transactions, add both income and expenses, schedule delayed transaction and clear them later (feature known as reconcile), and see colorful charts, which represent activity of your accounts.
Summary:
- great special Metro oriented interface design
- OFX import or manual input of data for your accounts
- detailed entries (income and expenses, regular and recurring transactions, reconcile, etc.)
- a lot of options for customization
- easy export to HTML and CSV (Excel)
- PIN code available (for privacy protection)

Features
OFX import
manual input of data
detailed entries (income and expenses)
regular and recurring transactions
reconcile
easy export to HTML and CSV (Excel)
PIN code available (for privacy protection)
Accounts

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Download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Total App Count – 2012-10-27

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[Data per  2012-10-27]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 5738
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App Stats:
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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 1104
Total Free Apps: 4634
Total Desktop Apps: 122

Localization:
Total English Apps: 4795
Total Localized Apps: 943

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: 1383
Non-Accessible Apps: 4355

Store News:

Here we are, it’s the Day After! Day after General Availability of Windows 8, and the availability of Microsoft’s Surface RT Device. What an awesome 3 days it has been and the excitement around the whole happening was felt all over the world. I tweeted somewhere this week, its like Christmas, with all the warm happy feeling all over the place. If you want a low-down on the coverage of the GA event, please listen to Richard Hays,  my buddy’s podcast Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 67 or the Compromised and Confused Product Show where he gave the blow-by-blow account of the whole event.

Well, this post is about the Windows Store and its Apps, and boy what a week we’ve had! App started dropping as early as Monday, became a stream on Tuesday, became a river on Wednesday with the Tsunami on Thursday 25th. The most important quality apps dropped on Early on Thursday, with Angry Birds Space dropping after the keynotes late on Thursday. Some people were not happy that Microsoft did not discuss apps on the Keynotes, I think I understand why. When you are dealing with important Partners, you cannot to single out one or two without jeopardizing your relations with the others. You either mention them all or not, and given the limited time you have for the keynotes, you just can’t demo just a few ones and leave the rest.

Anyway, back unto our post. How many quality apps dropped this week, haha, don’t even tempt me. I will just point you to the list here below as I can’t possibly mention individual apps in detail. But standing out of this list are the popular Newspaper apps like WSJ, NYT and Fox News Apps. And Angry Bird Space of course. But Disney also debuted this week in the Store with a dedicated app for Girls; Princess Dress-Up.  Also,  Microsoft debuted and updated some apps. For example, Skype App made a grand entry this week, as well as Lync Metro Client. A few XBox Titles also released this week as you can see.  OneNote also dropped the MX predicate and became a full Metro App. No more preview thus. Of course outside of the Store but worthy of mention is the Office 2013 package for Windows 8 that has gone from Preview to Released status. If you have MSDN or TechNet account, please go ahead and download it for your Windows 8 device.

Corel, Adobe and Cyberlink are owning the Store right now with the 3 outdoing each other in who releases the highest number of Apps this week. They are bombarding the store with both Metro and Desktop apps. Just search for their names in the Store and see for yourselves. But the company that MS should thank for the current total number of apps in the Store is  Wagmob. A company that produces Educational pieces. You’ll see a lot of this company’s apps in the Store. Thanks to companies like Wagmob, Education category even beats the Game category this week. The Store itself has been polished by Microsoft, and the bitmaps of the leading apps are now used to to present categories. The Top Free and Most Rated buttons are now working as expected. But the general issues that plague the Store still remain. With the noise of people like me, lets hope MS will eventually listen.

Stats:
I said its going to be a crazy week, well you can see the result of this week in the Stats. We had a total delta of 1446 this week, almost 1500 apps added to the Store in one week! Talking of a big bang. There is definitely something in the store now for everyone. There are still some apps we missed, like the IMDB and official Twitter and Facebook Apps, question is when these apps are going to drop in the Store. One thing is sure, every self-respecting business is now on Windows 8, even Google is in the Store now.

So, here are the remarkable apps this week. The following are the ones I blogged already, while the rest without links are apps worthy of your attention too:

Blogged:

Not Blogged but worthy of attention (Please search the names):

·         BrainControl at $1000

·         Relay Methods at $500

·         Skype

·         Epicurious

·         Google Search

·         Teamviewer Touch

·         London Bus Checker

·         Corel’s Roxio Mediabook Plus for OEMs (Fujitsu, Lenovo & HP)

·         Intel AppUp (for diff Markets)

·         Parts of a Computer

·         Learn C Programming

·         Skyrim Herbarium

·         Ludo.NET

·         Solitaire HD

·         Flowers Tutor

·         Spectral Souls (ENG)

·         persona/

·         IM+

·         Tweet Talk

·         Trello

·         FlightRadar24

There you have it. Lots and lots of apps for one week. There are lots of chaffs but there are lots of quality apps too. I am sure you will find something for yourself in the Store. Of course I only mention the most remarkable and quality apps on this blog. So if you think I missed anything, please let me know. On a closing note, if you’ve purchased Surface or any of Windows 8 devices this week, please make sure you obtained and install all the latest updates before use as there were lots of updates after Windows 8 went RTM. The same goes for Office 2013, please download the latest version as the RTM version had issues. And if you have any problem, reach us Windows 8 community on Twitter via the hashtag #Win8, you will definitely find help.

Enjoy your week ahead, and if you’ve bought a shiny toy on Friday, most especially Smile. See you next weekend.

[Noticed anything out of place? Wrong URL? Hit me on Twitter (@McAkins) to let me know. Thanks already.]

- McAkins

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 Source: Windows Store

Disclaimer:
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, and also subject to Store Cloud propagation, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time, and possibly different from your part of the world. Errors in this report are mine  and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute any binding agreement.

 

Shazam for Windows 8 is now in the Store

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Shazam for Windows 8 is here! Unfortunately, those of you with ARM devices will have to miss it for now as it is only for Intel platform on this first iteration.

Description

Shazam is the quickest and easiest way to discover more about music, TV and ads. Hold your phone up to the music or TV to identify a track, buy it, share it, watch the video, get the lyrics and more!
“This is the best thing EVER!”  Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today Show

Features
Buy tracks easily
Watch music videos and concerts from YouTube
Share tags on Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter & more
Learn the lyrics you thought you knew
Read album reviews and artist biographies
Use Shazam in Snap View while browsing the web or using another application

Recommended hardware
Microphone

Supported processors
x86, x64

Supported languages
English (United States)

This app has permission to use
Your microphone, including recording audio
Your Internet connection

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Download the app now from the source.

Source: Windows Store

Thanks @Windows4Live

Angry Birds Space – Xbox Game for Windows

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Description

ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space!After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…

Angry Birds Space features over 160 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

Features:

Over 160 interstellar levels!

Regular free updates!

Brand new birds!

Brand new superpowers!

Zero-gravity space adventures!

Trick shots using planets’ gravity!

Hidden bonus levels!

Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic!

Become a fan of Angry Birds on Facebook:

http://facebook.angrybirds.com

Follow us on Twitter:

http://twitter.angrybirds.com

Terms of Use: http://www.rovio.com/eula

Privacy Policy: http://www.rovio.com/privacy

Support: support@rovio.com

Important Message for Parents

This game may include:
– Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.
– Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.
– Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.
– The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand.


Features

  • Regular free updates!
  • Brand new birds!
  • Brand new superpowers!
  • Zero-gravity space adventures!
  • Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
  • Hidden bonus levels!
  • Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

Pokki Failed – Start Screen Rulez

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With all the noise online and on Twitterverse about Pokki you would have thought it’s a one sword to rule them all App. But as always with these kinds of tools, reality is always different than fantasy. Pokki is aspiring to fill the gaping gap left by the absence of StartMenu in Windows 8. It was with much pump and fanfair they announced themselves online, predicting the early death of Windows 8 if users don’t have StartMenu back. So they offered Pokki, polished and shiny. Aah see Microsoft tremble in their shoes. Pokki is going to derail the Windows 8 bandwagon!

Common people, are you telling me the guys at Pokki knows the inside of Windows than Microsoft itself? Yes, I have seen this all before, all these external tools that promise heaven and earth, the “Shell Replacements” from DeviantArt people, what do they all have in common? They created bloated environments that eventually bog down the system and create bad UX for users. And who gets blamed, yes, it is Microsoft. When are people going to wise up?

That screenshot above was taken from NeoWin’s interview with a Pokki  spoke-person, from the comments section. That is the reaction of a user to Pokki after giving it a spin. Microsoft has warned that they are removing the infrastructure that made StartMenu possible in Win8 as it will be an extra undesired baggage. If Pokki can rebuild that infrastructure and duplicate the performance Microsoft’s StartMenu good luck to them. If I were you I would just set my teeth and learn to use the Start Screen, after 2 Weeks you’ll get used to it, after a month you’ll be smiling and after 3 months you CAN’T go back to the StartMenu. Believe me, we’ve all been there. I have been using StartScreen since MS went public with Win8, each time I have to work on Win7 now, it’s a pain. Period.

Source: NeoWin Interview with Pokki