New Pokki Start menu for Windows 8 adds touch support and more

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the free Windows 8 version of Pokki, which adds its own version of a Start menu to the desktop, has had over three million downloads since the launch of Microsoft's latest OS. Today, its developer Sweetlabs has announced a new version of Pokki that adds some new features to the mix.

The Pokki blog reveals that one of the new additions is optimized support for the Start menu and apps for touchscreens. Sweetlabs says, "We’ve made a subtle refresh to the Pokki Menu interface to strike a better balance between clicking and touching, and now you can point, swipe, and scroll with your finger in the Pokki Menu and Pokki apps on your touch-enabled device."

The new version of Pokki has also been reworked so it will look good when used on the higher pixel density displays that will likely be available on a number of Windows 8 PCs later this summer, such as the 3840x2560 display on the upcoming Panasonic 20-inch Windows 8 tablet. The full release notes for the new version are available to check out, which include a number of bug fixes along with adding support for the Unity3D game engine for app developers.

Source: Sweetlabs | Image via Sweetlabs

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Windows 8.1 probably is probably going to have less users wanting to go look around for a start menu, but Pokki is good, I even use it on Windows 7.

Dashel said,
How so? Of the available choices, this seems one of the better hybrids. And it includes an app model.

Just dont like the look of it. My personal opinion, the ones that look like the Win7 replacement are much better. And like someone reminded me a couple days ago about something else (forget what it was), just because it has 3mil downloads, doesnt mean people are still using it.

i have to agree.

back when i wanted the start menu back, I tried out pokki and man....it was a freaking glitch-fest.
menu was slow to come up sometimes, it crashed a ton so I had to keep quitting it and restarting the thing, etc..

It's got great customization, but it just needs polishing...immense polishing.

Avi Patel said,
i have to agree.

back when i wanted the start menu back, I tried out pokki and man....it was a freaking glitch-fest.
menu was slow to come up sometimes, it crashed a ton so I had to keep quitting it and restarting the thing, etc..

It's got great customization, but it just needs polishing...immense polishing.

I actually have been using it for maybe a month now, maybe a little longer (on W8). I have had 0 glitches, crashes or problems.

I actually like the little grid setup of the icons. Very easy to bookmark everything there, in the menu next to every item it has a star, which once clicked it instantly puts it out on the front menu (as seen in the pic in the article). Completely arrangeable icons like on the desktop itself so you can put any icon anywhere in the 5x5 gid)

One click at the bottom (taskbar) then instantly to one of my icons right there. I think it holds my 'favs' better than the W7 menu did, at the very top of the main menu, which was okay, but I personally like this grid setup better.

It also has the straight boot to desktop features and such, as some of the few paid ones have, unlike ones like Classic Shell (ugh).

Why? Try using Win8 and the options that have been in Windows since Vista and you'll see it isn't necessary any more. Those same options get better with each iteration of Windows.

Dude, just because something works for you doesn't mean it works for ever and with the backlash on the missing start button, current win 8 doesn't work for a lot of people. I use Modern UI start screen on my RT but I installed Classic Shell on my desktop because the start screen makes no sense on a giant monitor.

Why? Try using Win8 and the options that have been in Windows since Vista and you'll see it isn't necessary any more. Those same options get better with each iteration of Windows.

You mean like a FULL screen start screen? Oh wait!

warwagon said,

You mean like a FULL screen start screen? Oh wait!

(not sure which side of the fence you are on but...)

Ya, like I want a full menu to cover all my work. Just so I can launch something. Its so pointless on a desktop. I can have multiple windows open, hit my start button, and instantly click one of the icons I have right there, while I block none of my work. The start screen, it flips open and covers everything I am doing. I just see no point in it. Its big buttons for a tablet. Thats all it is. I dont need big ugly blue (or whatever) matte color squares behind my way smaller icons. Just plain looks bad. They tried adding uniformity to something that you just cant, icons are icons, they look different for a reason.

I just will never understand why everyone complains.
"Try actually using the W8 start screen, you'll see its worth it".
"I hate that big square start screen."

Options are the only thing that will make everyone happy. Why not just leave both, the W8 start screen, and the original Start Menu (not on together obviously). Leave the start menu as a setting in the taskbar option. A simple change. No, instead we have a trillion comments full of "Arrrr we want start menu back!!!! arrrr". Put both, and move on! W8 is SO much better than its bad view it got over this stupid start screen. Its very stable, very fast to boot (and open apps), almost 0 lag in doing anything. Directly compared to W7 (came from a few months ago), it IS better. Will not go back. But I installed a start menu, and I have moved on. Its that SIMPLE. If someone WANTS the start menu, GIVE it to them and move on...