In October, software developer SweetLabs launched its own version of a Start menu replacement for Windows 8 with the Pokki application. So how has that worked out so far? SweetLabs has now claimed it has seen 500,000 downloads of its free Pokki program since its launch.
In fact, the official Pokki blog has posted up a new infographic, shown below, that has some other statistics. The biggest one is that Pokki Windows 8 owners use the Start menu replacement an average of 10 times a day. SweetLabs claims that these same users load web pages just seven times a day and check Facebook only four times a day. The infographic also says that 85 percent of the people who use Pokki set it up so they can avoid the Windows 8 Start screen.
Now, why is this little Start menu even such a big deal? For Microsoft, the absence of the Start menu is about encouraging users into the “new world” of touch embodied by the new (formerly known as Metro) interface and Start Screen. For the rest of us, the absence of the Start menu is about finding new ways to ease the successful adoption of Windows 8 on the billions of PCs, with keyboard and mouse.
Source: Pokki blog | Image via SweetLabs