Stardock releases Launch8, Start screen dock for Windows 8/8.1

After giving Neowin the first word on Launch8 a few weeks ago, Stardock has released their latest program for Windows 8 and 8.1. The app joins other Stardock programs made especially for the OS, such as Start8, Decor8 and ModernMix.

The company's press release has a quick introduction to the new program, saying, "Launch8 adds an always present quick access dock to the Start screen similar to those found on smart phones. Windows 8 users can drag and drop apps to Launch8 and instantly have access to them regardless of where they have swiped to on the Start screen."

The Launch8 dock can be positioned either on the bottom or top of the Windows 8/8.1 Start screen. It also allows users to access jumplists from docked apps, such as bookmarks from web browsers. Launch8 is available as a stand alone program for $4.99 or users can get the app as part of the company's Object Desktop subscription program, which includes many different applications, along with updates, for $49.99 a year.

It's been a busy year for Stardock as it has also announced a number of upcoming game-themed projects, including Galactic Civilizations III, along with using its Stardock Strategic Investment Fund to help start two new game studios, Oxide Games and Mohawk Games.

Source: Stardock | Image via Stardock

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