Stardock teases upcoming Windows 8-based product

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Stardock has enjoyed a huge success with its Start8 Start menu program for Windows 8. A few weeks ago, the company launched a new version with many new features and said it had over three million downloads of Start8 so far. Stardock has also launched the Windows 8 wallpaper program Decor8 and this week it launched the first non-beta version of DeskScapes 8.

So what's next for Stardock in the Windows 8 arena? The company's CEO Brad Wardell revealed today in a post on the Elemental message boards that Stardock does have something else up its sleeve. He stated:

This is going to be a big thing next week but Stardock has a killer app for Windows 8 that’s being announced and made available next week. Start8 continues to grow in popularity, I think this new app will be at least as popular.

Wardell also revealed today that Stardock used the money it received from GameStop in the sale of its Impulse PC game download service in 2011 "to create a fund to help launch new start-ups." However, there's no word on what these new companies will be like, with Wardell stating, "We haven’t announced any of these new entities yet and won’t be for awhile."

Source: Elemental message boards | Image via Stardock

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Wow, filtering of comments on this post is worse then I though it would be. I posted something about how great it is that Stardock gives us options even if I would generally choose to not use them or recommend their use and my comment gets removed.

I dont trust stardock at all, way too many bad experiences as a paying customer.

If you can find something similar to one of their products then I would encourage you to use that rather than give them your money.

I love Start8s ability to resize Metro to not take up the whole screen, but there is still critical functionality missing such as the Shutdown menu. If they improved Start8 to do this and also clean up the charm bar/task switcher to be a more intuative desktop experience (access these functions without a gesture) then I dare say that Windows 8 and Metro will be quite usable

I too hope it's a way to run so-called "modern" (!) apps in windowed mode.
Enforcing full-screen-only is inevitable on a phone. It's reasonable on a tablet. But for a full-sized desktop monitor, to take over the entire screen for just one app is absurd.
All the old Win7 games (minesweeper, solitaire, freecell...) were fine windowed. Whichever UI 'genius' decided to enforce a phone-based metaphor on fullsized desktops should have been stopped.
MS, your product is called "Windows". Not "Screen".

Thanks! Looks like it contains everything that MS should have left in place for desktops. Will check out the free trial ...

Is Deskscapes still as completely useless and buggy as the last version was? Honestly that thing crashed my PC more than anything else EVER. Binned it after a couple of days.

I bought Decor8 cos I do want control over how my startscreen looks, as for the start menu replacement, well, if I wanted a start menu then I would have stuck with Windows 7. Unlike others I go with the times.

As for this new thing, if it's not a completely customisable tile maker then GTFO.

I liked how Start8 was basically a simple and small tool useful for the modern GUI handicapped crowd...but like all their other apps, they keep messing with it and it just make Windows more bloated. So i'm quite sure whatever this secret is, it'll make Windows yet even more bloated, especially with all their other W8 products.

And Deskscapes...really, people actually watch looping videos as their desktop? Of all the productive things to do on a modern computer and people do this? Weird.

Exactly how does Start8 make your Windows more bloated? I'm really curious. It uses a total of about 800k of RAM. CPU is negligible and non-existent 99.9% of the time.

I bought Decor8 because it was needed.
I've always used app launchers sine windows 98. I just pin my most used apps to it.
The other apps I just press the Windows 8 to get to the Metro screen, start typing the name and boom it's there. that happens maybe once or twice since I upgraded.

I don't miss the start menu.

So wait, why didn't you just use the start screen as a launcher? Pin your pins there, and remove anything else? Without having to buy anything?

It'd be really cool if they found a way to run Metro apps windowed or at least keep the taskbar visible. That would be great.

Further proof that people love the old start menu. Microsoft is basically raping us with these changes. When a woman says no, she means no. When we say no Microsoft, we mean no. Stop forcing us!

P.S. I currently use Windows 8 :-)

Actually, Start8 is great. I'm looking forward to whatever it is based on that experience. Don't see value to Decor8, terrible idea IMO. But I'll probably buy Deskscapes and any WindowFX released for Windows 8. It's quite boring without Aero Glass. I'm in front of it all day and yes, I like cool and eye candy. I have a 650 Ti and i7 3770K sitting here. Yes, waste my CPU cycles making computing fun all day. I accept.

Joshie said,
You're so cool!

How is it possible that nowaday so many people have problem with diversified opinions is beyond my understanding....

He does not like the new Start Menu and he wishes for a way to remove it; what is wrong with that. Some people like it and post praising about it, other differs.. Something is getting very wrong with our society.
BTW I do not mind the Start screen; plenty of room to improve it though.

Joshie said,
I did not reply to an opinion.

Would you mind to elaborate about how you characterized the post you replied to?
I am curious...

Opinions are subjective interpretations of something, fundamentally structured as an "x is y" statement.

(This trip) is (the best trip ever).
(Windows 8's start screen) is (a step backwards).
(Your haircut) is (poop).

WinA did not express an opinion. WinA has some opinion, and based on that opinion, expressed a desire. I replied to a desire.

A desire is not an opinion. You can read into it and make an assumption about the opinion behind it, but because that opinion can only be guessed out based on the content of the wish, replying to THAT would be replying to my own interpretation, and talking to myself would be silly.

Joshie said,
Opinions are subjective interpretations of something, fundamentally structured as an "x is y" statement.

(This trip) is (the best trip ever).
(Windows 8's start screen) is (a step backwards).
(Your haircut) is (poop).

WinA did not express an opinion. WinA has some opinion, and based on that opinion, expressed a desire. I replied to a desire.

A desire is not an opinion. You can read into it and make an assumption about the opinion behind it, but because that opinion can only be guessed out based on the content of the wish, replying to THAT would be replying to my own interpretation, and talking to myself would be silly.

I studied Sophism in school but unfortunately it does not apply here: an opinion is always propaedeutic to a wish which is generated on the the former. For the same reason the opinion is not a guess because there is a clear, and well defined, concatenation between the two.
Good try though.

Anyone can use fancy words, but by pointing out that there's a relation between the two, you're essentially agreeing that they're still two separate things.

The sentence that I replied to was not an opinion.

Joshie said,
Opinions are subjective interpretations of something, fundamentally structured as an "x is y" statement.

(This trip) is (the best trip ever).
(Windows 8's start screen) is (a step backwards).
(Your haircut) is (poop).

WinA did not express an opinion. WinA has some opinion, and based on that opinion, expressed a desire. I replied to a desire.

A desire is not an opinion. You can read into it and make an assumption about the opinion behind it, but because that opinion can only be guessed out based on the content of the wish, replying to THAT would be replying to my own interpretation, and talking to myself would be silly.

Jesus. Go outside.

shockz said,

Jesus. Go outside.


I enjoy the irony that you had to be sitting at a computer to post this. On a Saturday.