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Pokkii and start 8 so far 8m downloads

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    Pokkii and start 8 so far 8m downloads


    Will be fascinating to see the posts about this.

    Pokki ...says the product has been downloaded three million times since Windows 8 launched.

    Start8 ...says it has been downloaded five million times since Windows 8 launched.


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    There are 30 of these so called shell programs and if you multiply Pokki 3mil downloads (which is a low number) times 30 you end up with close to the number of Windows 8 that M$ says they sold.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    3 Mil times may not mean 3 Mil different users - I got it 3 times for 3 puters.
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    In that case you are using it on 3 w8 licenses - that equates to 3 different users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    3 Mil times may not mean 3 Mil different users - I got it 3 times for 3 puters.
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    In that case you are using it on 3 w8 licenses - that equates to 3 different users.
    I have 8 licensed on 3 puters without downloading any shell helpers so it balances - out 3 users downloaded 3 users did not
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    Who are the individuals that are saying that all eight-million downloads are actually being used? How many people on the different Win 8 forums are stating that they actually use these third party Start Menus?

    Let look at Stardock and Start8. When they first came out with Start8 they were giving it away free for life, what, yeah "FREE FOR LIFE." Guess what, they must have forgotten what they said, because Free for Life became $5.00 (sorry forgot about the 30 day demo you could download from CNET), CNET shows about 450,000 downloads. Now who is to say of the other 2.5 million that downloaded it from Stardock are actually using the program/application.

    Now my point is not to argue that eight-million people did not download one of the dozen different Start Menu applications, but how many of that eight-million downloaded all of the dozen Start Menu Applications in order to determined which of those they would like best.

    I can say up front that I have downloaded at least six of them, and even though at present I am not using any of them still I have Classic Shell (Free) loaded onto my win 8 computer just in case there may be a need for it. . .never know.

    Also, a good deal of the computer manufacture include something they have come up with just in case their users require or want a start menu over the start screen. My new HP has a built in start menu all that needs to be done is turn it on (did, and it wasn't all that great).

    A good deal of the GUI changing applications available for win 8 comes preloaded with Classic Shell Free. The people at Classic Shell Free have given these third party developers permission to use their product (think that is just great).
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    I use start8 on both Win8 systems and my win2012 server.
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    Every time I open Windows 8, it opens in desktop mode with Classic Shell. When I want to use a Mobile Phone Interface, I pick up my mobile phone.

    I tried ModernMix, but because the apps are pretty much useless and not even written to support 'windowing', it serves no purpose whatsoever.
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    And this is different from how MS says they have sold 100 million copies of w8?

    I wonder how many of them are sitting on a shelf somewhere, most I suspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DooRules View Post
    And this is different from how MS says they have sold 100 million copies of w8?

    I wonder how many of them are sitting on a shelf somewhere, most I suspect.
    I would say that a good number is not even installed on a box either.
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