Pokki review

Pokki creates a window on your desktop that lets you pin, organize, and browse apps like you would on a smartphone. Through Pokki's intuitive and attractive interface, you can have quick access to all of your apps without having to clutter up your desktop. You can also sort your apps into categories and organize them by page so that they're easier to find than ever.

Once you've installed Pokki, you can access it through the quick-launch icon that will appear next to your Start menu. Clicking that icon will bring up a window with multiple pages where … Read more

Pokki launches its Windows app store on Android

If you've hated the Android app store, or just wanted more Android app options, Pokki has an app for that -- and you.

The alternative Windows app store has launched on Android and two-in-one devices, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The update to the store, described as "recommendation technology," supports Android for the first time, along with multimode devices, a growing category of Windows computers as Windows 8 enters its second year.

Chester Ng, co-founder of SweetLabs, the maker of Pokki, said that it's the combination of Windows … Read more

Insta-named app rebrands to avoid Facebook fallout

The name Instagrille is no more. The most popular Instagram application for Windows desktops is being rebranded on Tuesday as Pixsta and upgraded with video support.

The changes come after the Insta-named version amassed more than 10 million downloads, but attracted the attention of Instagram parent company Facebook in the worst way.

Pixsta is the product of SweetLabs, the startup that runs the Pokki application marketplace for PCs. The 2-year-old application was purchased by SweetLabs last year after it gained attention from people wanting to experience Instagram on their desktops. The name Instagrille was a dead giveaway for its purpose … Read more

Lenovo's Pokki deal targets Windows 8 app-athy

Lenovo and Pokki announced on Thursday a deal to preload most of Lenovo's Windows 8 computers with Pokki's desktop mode Start menu, app launcher, and Windows store.

The Pokki suite will ship globally on nearly all new Lenovo computers. The first models to receive the Pokki suite will be the IdeaPad and IdeaCenter, followed by the Think line, said Darrius Thompson, CEO and co-founder of SweetLabs, which makes Pokki.

"We want to build the largest distribution network for developers," he said. "Our potential to create a large channel for developers is substantial."

His co-founder … Read more

Review: Instagrille for Pokki introduces the app-style Instagram browsing interface

Instagrille for Pokki is a hybrid Instagram-focused tool that is useful but also frustrating in terms of its requirements. Because it forces installation of Pokki, creates irremovable quick launch icons, and creates a native app-interface on your PC that you may not want, it has its trade-offs, though the interface is decidedly stripped down, offering a useful way to browse Instagram on your desktop.

Installation will take some time as you need to also install Pokki and new menu items are created as the app-interface is generated on your desktop. To open Instagrille, you must open Pokki first and find … Read more

Pokki's Windows 8 Start menu app gets more features

Pokki's Windows 8 Start menu app has been refreshed with more features and more flexibility.

Pokki provides unique Start menu to Windows 8 users who can't quite live without one. The app blends in smoothly with the Windows desktop, offering all the traditional Start menu features while tapping into the new Windows 8 environment.

Released yesterday, the latest version kicks in a new layout and design with larger fonts and wider spacing, so it's easier on the eyes. You can also switch the layout between a light and dark color scheme.

You can now add folders and … Read more

Pokki Windows 8 Start menu grabs half a million downloads

Microsoft kicked out the Start menu for Windows 8, but at least one app is proving that a lot of users still crave it.

One of many Start menu replacements on the market, Pokki for Windows 8 registered 500,000 downloads in the six weeks since Windows 8 officially debuted, according to a company blog.

Further, Stardock's Start8 program has sold thousands of copies, say the folks at Pokki. And in about 30 days, 30 different Start menu replacements have popped up.

"All of which is early proof of our original hypothesis that people need, want, and use … Read more

How to restore the classic Start menu with Pokki for Windows 8

Pokki for Windows 8 joins a growing list of Windows 8 Start menu utilities. How does the program fare?

SweetLabs' Pokki for Windows 8 fills in the gap for Windows 8 users who still want the traditional Start menu on their desktops. And you'll have to place me in that group.

Through I've become more accustomed to the Start screen over time, I still find the Start menu a quicker and more efficient way to launch any application installed on my PC.

I know you can open a program or file just by typing its name at the … Read more

Instagrille 2.0 puts Instagram on your desktop

One of the biggest gripes about megapopular photo social-networking service Instagram is that you can't use it on desktops. Well, with Instagrille, you can get pretty close. Instagrille is an Instagram viewer for Windows, and it's available through Pokki's desktop apps platform. Sure, there are several third-party, Web-based Instagram viewers out there, but Instagrille is unique because it's an actual downloadable desktop app.

For those who don't know, Pokki is an app store for your Windows computer. You can download and install apps in one click (just as you would on your phone), and it … Read more

Tweeki for Pokki

Tweeki for Pokki is free software for accessing Twitter on your desktop. Sporting a clean, professional-looking design and easy-to-use features, Twitter fans should love the quick access it provides for sending and viewing tweets. The one downside is that this is similar to an add-on for Firefox: you'll need to have the Pokki client installed to add and use it.

The app presents a nicely designed interface that should be very easy to understand for anyone who's used the popular social media site. All the regular Twitter options are present so you can send tweets and view the … Read more