Lenovo Start Bundling Third Party Windows 8 Start Menu With Systems
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
According to TechPowerUp Lenovo has taken a drastic move with its Windows 8 systems to keep end users happy. Lenovo is the first major PC OEM to start bundling third-party Start Menu emulation software with its PCs. Lenovo have opted to use SweetLabs’ Pokki Custom UI suite and this adds a start menu and lets you boot straight into the desktop. Additionally the software gives you a Windows 7-style start menu that has pinned applications, a search system and power options.
Lenovo’s Pokki Custom UI suite implementation may come pre-installed or it may come on a disc as an optional extra. There will no doubt be a tonne of bloatware with the product as it has its own app store but it shows the extent of the discontent with Windows 8 when a major OEM like Lenovo would take such an option. Lenovo will implement the Pokki Custom UI suite on most of its ThinkPad, IdeaPad and IdeaCenter products. With Lenovo being the single largest PC OEM vendor this sends a clear and strong message to Microsoft.
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