Stardock Start8 1.4 update ensures compatibility with Windows 8.1 Update 1
April 3, 2014 – 11:00 | No Comment
Stardock Start8 1.4 update ensures compatibility with Windows 8.1 Update 1

Stardock Corporation has released Start 8 1.4, a minor update to its Windows 8 Start button and menu replacement tool. There are no new features in version 1.4, just a series of bug fixes and …

Migrate to a new PC with ease thanks to the O&O Migration Kit – now on special offer
March 28, 2014 – 13:39 | No Comment
Migrate to a new PC with ease thanks to the O&O Migration Kit – now on special offer

The bells are finally tolling for Windows XP as End of Life rolls ominously closer. And while XP itself won’t suddenly stop working once April 8th rolls around, sticking with it long term is no …

Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.0 released, updates to give earlier versions of Windows the 8.1 look
February 15, 2014 – 10:28 | Comments Off
Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.0 released, updates to give earlier versions of Windows the 8.1 look

WindowsX has updated both of its skinning tools, Windows 8 UX Pack 8.0 for PCs running Windows 7, and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 8.0 for earlier versions of Windows, including XP.
The latest version of the …

Microsoft’s Project Siena: Windows 8 app development for (almost) all
December 20, 2013 – 09:24 | Comments Off
Microsoft’s Project Siena: Windows 8 app development for (almost) all

Microsoft has released Project Siena, a Windows 8 app which allows anyone to create Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required.
Building the interface is as simple as placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your …

Classic Shell 3.9 beta enhances Windows 7-style Start Menu
July 26, 2013 – 18:13 | Comments Off
Classic Shell 3.9 beta enhances Windows 7-style Start Menu

The “return of the Start button” in Windows 8.1 might not have delivered what everyone wanted, but it doesn’t really matter. If you need to bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8 then Classic …

8StartButton 2.0 unveils radical revamp, adds support for Windows 8.1
July 4, 2013 – 11:58 | Comments Off
8StartButton 2.0 unveils radical revamp, adds support for Windows 8.1

TotalIdea Software has released 8StartButton 2.0, a major new version of its Start menu replacement tool for Windows 8 users. The new update, which adds full support for Windows 8.1 Preview, comes with a radical …

Microsoft launches Bing Translator app for Windows 8
June 7, 2013 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Microsoft launches Bing Translator app for Windows 8

Microsoft has announced the release of Bing Translator for Windows 8, a free app which builds on its previous Translator App for Windows Phone.
At its simplest the program allows you to type a phrase or …

Pokki 0.263 now fully touch-enabled, Unity 4-compatible
May 30, 2013 – 11:43 | Comments Off
Pokki 0.263 now fully touch-enabled, Unity 4-compatible

SweetLabs Inc has just released a new version of Pokki, its ambitious Start Menu replacement and app framework. There are few visual changes – and not even that many in total – but the release …

Start Menu Reviver is a Metro-style Start Menu replacement for Windows 7 and 8
May 15, 2013 – 08:46 | Comments Off
Start Menu Reviver is a Metro-style Start Menu replacement for Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start menu in Windows 8 has caused plenty of controversy, but fortunately it’s made little difference to the end user. Developers quickly realised that many people really don’t like the …

Toasts&Tiles Takes Care of Gmail in Windows 8
April 30, 2013 – 06:59 | Comments Off
Toasts&Tiles Takes Care of Gmail in Windows 8

What do you do when you need to check your email? Fire up Outlook or Thunderbird? Launch Chrome and head over to the Gmail website? Having to do this throughout the day is a waste …

Get a desktop alert of Windows 8 updates with Windows Update Notifier
April 4, 2013 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Get a desktop alert of Windows 8 updates with Windows Update Notifier

It’s no secret that Windows 8 has seen some controversial changes, in particular the removal of the Start menu. But with all the focus on these larger issues, you might have missed some smaller, but …