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Stardock CEO Developing Start Menu App for Windows 8

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Are you hating life because the Start menu has been stripped out of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview? There's an app for that... soon.

Brad Wardell, the founder and CEO of Stardock, says that he's working on a free Windows 8 app called Start8 that will enable the Start menu on the desktop.

When completed, the Start8 app will place the familiar Start button at the bottom left corner of the screen on the taskbar (where it belongs). It will also reportedly have a Run and Shutdown option when users right-click on the menu.

"The lack of a start button and start menu in Windows 8 has made using Microsoft’s new OS a non-starter for me and a lot of other people," he writes in a blog. "I like Metro, I really do – for tablets. But as a desktop user, I need a consistent work flow that lets me have my windows together on my desktop and don’t want to be jerked out of that environment every time I want to start some new program."

According to Wardell, the app will allow the user to choose a custom Start button image. It will also enable quick access and searching of the user's installed programs.

Unfortunately, those currently using Microsoft's just-released Windows 8 Consumer Preview can't download the app directly from Stardock, as it's not available as of this writing. But by providing an email address, Stardock will send a link to the download once it becomes available.

For more information about the Start8 app, head here. Currently there's no indication as to when the app will be completed, so keep checking back if you don't want to be placed on the mailing list.

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    nikolayivanov321 , March 7, 2012 10:44 AM
    So I have to install 3rd party software and do registry modifications just to have my system working properly? No thanks, I'm sticking with Win 7.
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    EDVINASM , March 7, 2012 10:05 AM
    Thumbs up. Good work.
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    fonzy , March 7, 2012 10:07 AM
    I already have the Start menu back using Vistart app.

    http://windows8beta.com/2012/03/enable-start-orb-and-start-menu-on-windows-8-consumer-preview
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    mykel , March 7, 2012 10:18 AM
    After you enter your email address, the download link will readily be available. Currently using it and it is working great. I wonder why Microsoft haven't thought of this? The Mini metro start menu is quite nice and feels native. you can also customize the org image with the various options included. great job for a freeware, stardock.
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    nikolayivanov321 , March 7, 2012 10:44 AM
    So I have to install 3rd party software and do registry modifications just to have my system working properly? No thanks, I'm sticking with Win 7.
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    AznCracker , March 7, 2012 10:57 AM
    used them before. It is a good program and it doesnt slow you down unless you are still rocking a single core computer from 5 years ago.
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    nbelote , March 7, 2012 11:05 AM
    Impressive. This is very much what I would've envisioned a Windows 8 Start Menu to have looked like.
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    nbelote , March 7, 2012 11:07 AM
    And the search function works with just randomly typing while the Start menu is open. Excellent.
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    icepick314 , March 7, 2012 11:33 AM
    let me know when Windows 9 comes out....
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    supall , March 7, 2012 12:06 PM
    Stardock is pretty good at what they do and I can't wait to see what comes out from them in the future for Win8.
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    segio526 , March 7, 2012 12:18 PM
    He described the issue I have with the new Start screen perfectly. Although, to make it seamless, he should use the new windows logo in either a flat blue circle, or by itself.
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    lilcinw , March 7, 2012 12:25 PM
    Nice work Frogboy.
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 12:38 PM
    QUOTE:
    "So I have to install 3rd party software and do registry modifications just to have my system working properly? No thanks, I'm sticking with Win 7."

    I'm sticking with MacOS/Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris whatever, had enough of windows stuff in 2006 already...
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    hannibal , March 7, 2012 12:41 PM
    icepick314let me know when Windows 9 comes out....


    Win 9 will most propably have new version of metro interface, so why you are waiting for win9? If you have win7 you don't need win 8, there is not so much difference, but Metro interface is not reason to wait win9 instead win8.
    MS has now "common" platform for desktops, laptops and pads... there is no any reason why they would abandon that situation. It makes no economical sense to them.
    And yeah don't get me wrong, I am still wainting official win7 interface to win8... Have to wait a little bit longer... But metro is here to stay, that is sure!
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    nbelote , March 7, 2012 12:46 PM
    segio526He described the issue I have with the new Start screen perfectly. Although, to make it seamless, he should use the new windows logo in either a flat blue circle, or by itself.


    You can right-click the new start menu and change the icon to the new Windows 8 logo.
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    eddieroolz , March 7, 2012 1:34 PM
    Why even use the Consumer Preview then, I wonder...
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    warezme , March 7, 2012 1:42 PM
    stardock stuff is all right for a desktop but not so good on a mobile computer. Their eye candy uses a lot more cycles then needed on a battery powered machine and if there are any graphics that use your video card your battery time takes a nose dive. Of course that is with Win7 and prior, I would be curious if their apps are less resource intensive on Win8 and mobile devices.
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    demonhorde665 , March 7, 2012 1:52 PM
    "Are you hating life because the Start menu has been stripped out of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview? There's an app for that... soon."


    i wouldnt say i hate life over this.

    do i hate MS ... maybe a little

    do i hate windohs 8 ... Definitely

    will i ever buy windohs 8 ... hell no.
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    ejb222 , March 7, 2012 1:58 PM
    If you need a start botton for win8 you just dont get the point anyway. So stick with win7.
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    xenol , March 7, 2012 2:10 PM
    icepick314let me know when Windows 9 comes out....

    Considering this is the way Microsoft is going forward with their GUI, I think you should be sure to keep a disk of Windows 7 handy for the rest of your computing years.
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    DRosencraft , March 7, 2012 2:37 PM
    This whole "Start button" thing is getting blown way out of proportion. I am using the Win8 Consumer Preview right this minute, and I can tell you that if you go into it with an open mind, it's not even about re-learning the OS. If you take the old Start menu, make it an entire screen-sized page, and redesign the list of programs as a bunch of boxes on a horizontal axis rather than a vertical one, that is the essence of the Metro UI. It's not as big an innovation as MSFT seems to want people to think, but it isn't as horrid a blasphemous change as some people seem to want to believe. Immediately after I log on, I simply click on the desktop icon, or hit the Windows key, and I'm on the regular desktop with all my programs up and running, and all the programs I use most often already on my taskbar at the bottom anyway. I highly recommend that if you can't or don't want to test the OS yourself, read real actual reviews of how it works instead of a lot of these people who obviously haven't used it or have a severe bias against MSFT or anything new in general.
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