Today’s Pokki release is the first since launching the Pokki Menu, which brings the missing Start Menu functionality back to Windows 8. This release adds support for accessing Windows 8 apps from the desktop, and includes several bug fixes.
Existing users will receive the update over the next few days, thanks to Pokki automatic updates. If you can’t wait – right click on the Pokki acorn icon in the taskbar and select “Check for updates”.
Windows 8 apps
With the introduction of Windows 8 comes a new type of app, called Windows 8 apps, which are accessible only from the Windows 8 Start Screen. This restriction can make launching these apps difficult for users that spend the majority, if not all, of their time on the desktop. With today’s Pokki update, now you can easily launch and manage Windows 8 apps from the Pokki Menu.
Browse all your Windows 8 apps from the Apps panel, where they are conveniently grouped under a “Windows 8 Apps” folder.
Know exactly which app you’re looking for? Windows 8 apps are incorporated into Pokki search. And just like all your existing apps, files, folders and websites, you can favorite Windows 8 apps for quick access.
If you plan on launching Windows 8 apps from the desktop on a regular basis, the Pokki Menu offers several options to easily return to the desktop when in a Windows 8 app:
- Pressing the Windows key on your keyboard
- Click on the bottom left hot corner
Both can be enabled through the Pokki Menu settings by right clicking on the Pokki acorn icon in the taskbar and selecting “Settings…”.
Providing the core Start Menu functionality missing from Windows 8 is just part of Pokki Menu’s mission to make it easier for you to find, organize, and launch your favorite apps, websites, files and folders. Here are a few features you can expect in coming releases:
Rich, context aware, web search
Early data indicates that significant amount of users are using the Pokki Menu for searching the web. We’re working on bringing rich, context aware (eg. weather, calculator, etc) search results into the Pokki interface.
Optimized for touch
Touch may not replace the keyboard and mouse/trackpad as the primary interface for the PC, however it is an input method we believe many users may find useful. We’re looking to not only optimize the Pokki Menu interface for touch screens, but also trackpad gestures.
We believe speed is really important, especially when launching your favorite apps, settings, or websites. The smart launch feature allows you to quickly type an app or setting name, path to file or folder, or website into the search box and hit enter before any results are shown or selected. The Pokki Menu will intelligently determine what to launch.
Windows 8 theme
We’re working on an additional user interface design which tightly integrates with the Windows 8 look and feel.
The following issues were addressed with today’s release:
- Addressed installation issue that could prevent Pokki from starting or appearing in the taskbar.
- Library shortcuts in the Pokki Menu sidebar now open the appropriate Libraries directory, including non-default locations.
- Pokki Menu is correctly positioned above the taskbar when the Pokki toolbar is moved in the taskbar.
- Pokki Menu is correctly positioned when a Windows 8 app is snapped to the left or right of the desktop.
- “Disable bottom left hot corner” option no longer disables the top left hot corner.
- The position of the Pokki toolbar in the taskbar is now restored on log-on and restart of the computer.