RetroUI for Windows 8 gets updated with new features

Software developer Thinix launched its Windows 8 Start menu program RetroUI several months ago, and in February, it launched version 3.0 with a number of new features and a revamped design for its Start menu. Now the company has launched a new update for RetroUI, which brings its version number up to 3.1.1.

The patch notes for the new version show that RetroUI's Start menu has received some "significant internal improvements and optimizations." Thinix says that the Start menu not only loads up to 50 percent faster than previous versions, but it also uses 35 percent less system resources. Business users of RetroUI can now edit the Start menu configuration file in this new version and those customers can also lock out employees from adding or changing the Start menu on their PCs.

RetroUI 3.1.1 also now allows users to not show any Modern Windows 8 apps from within the Start menu but still allows those apps to be pinned. This feature has been added to help performance on PCs with older hardware. Other new features in RetroUI 3.1.1. include adding a splash screen when the Start menu loads up, the addition of blank buttons in TabletView and more; there's also been some bug fixes and some speed improvements for Modern apps.

RetroUI is available for download now for $4.95 for use on one PC or a version for $9.95 that can be used by up to three PCs. You can also get a seven day free trial version and there are other versions made for business and educational use.

Source: RetroUI | Image via Thinix

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I get that Windows 8 is a hot topic, but why is Neowin throwing up so many articles about Start menu replacements? I mean we don't see you writing an article everytime a new version of a Notepad replacement is released. Add these being produced purely because Neowin has to promote Stardock products but its trying to appear unbiased?

It is good seeing third-party software companies coming out with fixes for Windows-8 that Microsoft, if it had been smart, would have left intact from Windows-7. It is called "user selectable UI." However, having to install several kluges to Windows-8 to make it more suitable for one's laptop or desktop with its existing applications further discourages one from moving away from Windows-7.

Sure it does. You can put anything in the Start Menu, even custom Libraries. You can build and edit your own menu. And Apps are in a neat separate menu.

So it is currently 3.1.1

So are the next versions 95, then 98 then XP?

Eventually, they will be back to Windows 8 retroUI for Windows 8.

Would have been cool, if it was retro looking like Windows 3.1.1

This comes exactly one day after the unveiling of ModernMix, though RetroUI DID launch the ability to have Modern apps in the desktop mode waaaaaaay before StarDock. Too bad Neowin didn't point that out.

dead.cell said,
Because who did what first is going to determine if people actually buy it.

No, but the article about Stardock's product gave the impression that it was new and revolutionary. When in fact it was neither.

TCLN Ryster said,

No, but the article about Stardock's product gave the impression that it was new and revolutionary. When in fact it was neither.

Well, I haven't used RetroUI but just because the Start Screen apps can be pinned to the Taskbar, can they still be resized or opened in a window like Stardock's app or do they go full screen?

EDIT: NM, I see that they can. Hmmm. Not bad. I like the Charm options in the Start Menu.

astroXP said,
Too bad Neowin didn't point that out.

Well actually they did when RetroUI added that feature...

TCLN Ryster said,
No, but the article about Stardock's product gave the impression that it was new and revolutionary. When in fact it was neither.

Oh no, what a nightmare!

Honestly, the same thing happens on a daily basis on many news sites. Author talks about an application that's awesome, users reply talking about awesome alternatives, next article is about these awesome alternatives. People need to quit looking at this site as if it knows all the answers, and remember that this is a community, run by actual people, who may or may not know about everything there is.

Message the author next time, or perhaps, submit news tips by clicking Contact at the top of the site...

astroXP said,
This comes exactly one day after the unveiling of ModernMix, though RetroUI DID launch the ability to have Modern apps in the desktop mode waaaaaaay before StarDock. Too bad Neowin didn't point that out.

RetroUI doesn't do what ModernMix does. Not even close. All RetroUI is doing is blitting a modern app into a window on the desktop. It only works on 1 app at a time, it doesn't display in the taskbar, and you can't fully interact.

What amazes me is how many people will comment on something they've clearly never tried for themselves -- and I mean literally not tried either RetroUI OR ModernMix.