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A replacement Start menu for Windows

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8


Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 March 2013
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Downloads To Date: 2045
Developer: Power8 team
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Power8 is a simple yet effective Start menu replacement tool

Whether you’ve made the switch to Windows 8 and don’t like the way the new Start menu looks and works, or you’re sticking with Windows 7 or earlier and just fancy a change, Power8 is a replacement Start menu tool that has a neat a compact look. While it has been primarily designed for disillusioned Windows 8 users, there is no reason that it cannot be used in other versions of the operating system as it has a number of interesting features.

Power8 is a little different from other Start menu replacements in that it does not try to completely replace the existing Start menu, nor does it skin it. This is essentially a standalone program which is not reliant on any system files and this brings the added advantage that changes to Windows will never mean that the program is rendered unusable.

The program can be configured to start with Windows so that it is available from the word go. As you would expect, the Power8 provides you with access to shortcuts to launch any of the programs you have installed on your computer and you are able to pin your most frequently used apps to the top of the menu for easier access. Unlike the regular Start menu, Power8 allows for very easy navigation of your files and folders – the Computer link enables you to browse through the entire contents of your hard drive with folder contents opening up in sub-menu after sub-menu.

Interestingly, it is possible to use Power8 alongside the existing Start menu. This is nothing to stop you from running both at the same time and reaping the benefits of the best of both worlds. You can choose where on screen Power8 should appear and both this utility and the regular Start menu can be accessed by clicking much the same area of the taskbar – you can just pick and choose which one you want to use depending on what you are doing.


This is not the most advanced Start menu replacement, but it is still a solid performer.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.11

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.