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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic: This is how Windows 8 should be!"

    February 14, 2013  |   By divenex

    Pros

    I tried very hard to get used to the Microsoft "Metro" interface, which I find beautifully designed and not difficult to use.

    However it is an indisputable fact that, when working with keyboard and mouse on desktop apps, "Metro" is simply less efficient. Some common tasks (e.g. looking for files) require more key presses than using the original Start menu in Windows 7.

    After weeks of intense "Metro" usage, and after hundreds of extra key presses, I decided that the beautiful interface was not worth the extra time I kept spending in my daily tasks.

    I have tried essentially every Start menu replacement out there, but only Start8 matches the efficiency of Microsoft's version, which had reached an amazing level of perfection over the years. Stardock's Start8 menu really brings the Start menu back to Windows 8, making it the best OS Microsoft has produced so far.

    Cons

    None. Start8 simply matches Microsoft's Start menu in Windows 7.

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