Pokki: Bring Back My Windows Start Menu

Planning on upgrading to Windows 8, the newest operating system from Microsoft? Confused about where the Windows Start menu went? San Diego startup Sweetlabs, the maker of the Pokki desktop applications environment for Windows, is looking to help confused Windows users by restoring the Start Menu functionality to the new Microsoft OS. SweetLabs said that its new Pokki for Windows 8 product--which is free--incorporates all of the core Start Menu functionality back into Windows 8, after Microsoft removed those features from its new OS. Pokki's software allows users to launch and run smartphone-style apps on the Windows desktop; the new "Start Menu" functionality comes via Pokki Menu, a feature of the Pokki software. SweetLabs is venture backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and O’Reilly AlphaTech.