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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:44

How Samsung Is Making Windows 8 Less Scary

Windows 8 changes a lot of things about how the operating system works, but one of the features Windows traditionalists will find jarring is the lack of a Start button. Although the button’s functions are still present in various places, users may miss its easy click-and-start-typing familiarity. Well, Samsung‘s bringing it back.

The all-in-one PCs Samsung unveiled this morning are the first Windows machines to sport the S Launcher, a simple widget that acts just like the old start button: Click, start typing (say “keyboard”) and it instantly shows you the settings and apps that relate to your term. There’s also a separate settings icon for quick access to the most commonly needed controls.

Sure, Windows 8 has native ways to search your system and call up settings, but as others have observed it’s not always in the most intuitive places. To anyone who’s been using Windows for a long time (read: the whole world), Samsung’s S Launcher is like seeing an old friend in a new country — it’s very reassuring.

And of course, the S Launcher is also a launcher. Simply drag apps or files to it for easy access, tossing them off when you don’t want them anymore. Nothing groundbreaking in that, but it doesn’t hurt, either, and the icons are bigger than in the Windows taskbar.

The settings icon is helpful, too. Windows 8 moves your computer settings to different places, and Samsung’s custom settings saves you the trouble of finding out where. It gathers many everyday controls — including user accounts, power management, display settings and sound — into one spot on the desktop.

How do you like Samsung’s take on the Start Menu? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Mashable


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:47

Sure that looks nothing like the OSX dock. Come on samsung you're just asking for apple to get mad

#3 gate1975mlm



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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:52

Its great to see so many options popping up for adding back the good old start menu :)

All though I guess this Samsung Start menu will only be available for people who buy there computers.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:52

As if...jesus, they get one win up their sleeves - that has yet to survive an appeal - and now anything resembling any apple product is an infringement...

back to the topic, tip of the hat to samsung. I think adding in the start menu just helps people hold on to the past and an item that just aint coming back but yes I can see that for some this would make win8 seem more applicable.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:52

I'm glad a huge company like this agrees removing the Start menu was not a wise decision (by adding one back in with their systems) :)

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 14:54

Lol.... go Samsung!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:00

God no. By all means make it an optional download but for god sake don't keep bundling crap with your computers.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:00

Might as well not bother loading Windows 8 on it and stick to 7. And again, typical bloatware that doesnt do anything that the OS doesnt already do.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:00

ughhh Samsung

i command you ;Remove that bloatware at well!

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and the the title is just wrong.

should be "Samsung help you to hang into the past" :/

Edited by Ci7, 28 August 2012 - 15:02.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:02

lol! samsung rocks!

#11 jakem1


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:03

More unecessary bloatware. When will OEMs learn :no:

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:04

Oh no... It's like TouchWiz UI but more of a bloatware version.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:07

Terrible. Samsung makes HORRIBLE software. They can't even update WP7 apps properly.

#14 OP +Frank B.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:08

Aren't you curious what other OEMs like HP, Dell, Toshiba et al. are going to add to Windows 8 now? I know I am.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 15:13

Crapware to the rescue...