Lenovo Bundles Start Menu... Which Bundles an App Store?

Subject: General Tech, Systems | August 23, 2013 - 02:45 AM |
Tagged: SweetLabs., Pokki, Lenovo

Hate the "Modern" Windows UI? There's an app... store... for that...?

Several solutions exist to reintroduce the classic Windows interface into Windows 8. Not surprisingly, OEMs consider developing or including some option with their devices as a selling point. Perhaps even less surprising, this solution is considered bloatware by some and tries to suggest apps for you.

Oh Lenovo...

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As Ars Technica reports, at least the software tries to be helpful, almost spiting its nature as a pre-installed third party app store. Pokki, the software developed by SweetLabs, includes shortcuts to the Windows Control Panel and other functions expected of a Start Menu.

It also, from its promotional image, above, feels like it will confuse novice users. The recommendations are prominent and docked against what should be system functionality. The layout is not particularly dishonest but, in my opinion, is too opaque about its intent to sell you applications.

SweetLabs previously struck a deal with Acer to include Pokki and Zynga titles on their laptops.

Lenovo intends to include this software in a variety of products. IdeaPad laptops, IdeaCentre desktops, and ThinkPad laptops were all announced.

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... no relation to the sweet snack, Pocky... I think?

Maybe a little inspiration?

Of course many users might prefer this software to the default Windows experience. Even on Windows 7, I found myself purchasing and installing DisplayFusion to customize taskbar functionality. I also use BlueStacks, for example, which has its own marketplace and recommended applications.

This software could be good for users.

Mostly I hope consumers, from the out-of-box experience with their new devices, have control and understanding over the situation. Typical bundleware gives that a bad name. I am looking at you, antivirus trials.

Source: Ars Technica
August 23, 2013 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Dontletthedoorhityouonthewayout (not verified)

It's 730 AM Pacific time and this site still hasn't announced MS Steve Balmer "retiring"?

Way to be behind everyone else PcPer

LaterSteve, no one'sgoing to miss you.

Now Inow win8 in its current crap state is going to stay...out of spite.

It'll be Steve's big FU to everyone as he bails out with his golden parachute.

August 23, 2013 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Well, as I am in PDT I don't tend to post during my shower

August 23, 2013 | 03:44 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah, that story was in the queue. Before I heard it, I was actually planning on finishing off my half-complete Battlefield 4 story and working on a few programming projects.

Nope. Too big of a story.

Working on it now.

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