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Start Menu 8 v2.3.0.200

Restore the Start menu to Windows 8/8.1

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 27 August 2015
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Downloads To Date: 8283
Developer: IObit
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IObit Start Menu 8 v2.3
Bring the Start Menu back to Windows 8

Start Menu 8 v2 is the latest revision of IObit's Start Menu replacement.

As usual with this kind of tool, it can boot you straight to the desktop and disable Windows 8's "hot corners". (Of course, if you're using Windows 8.1 then you can do this already.)

The program also adds a Windows 8 logo in the bottom left-hand corner of the taskbar. Click this (or press the Windows key) and a very close copy of the Start Menu appears, with links to your programs, system applets such as Control Panel, and the old power-down dialog.

Version 2 extends the package with more comprehensive searching. Display the menu, start typing, and Start Menu 8 searches your entire drive for matches.

The program can now display recently opened items for individual applications, allowing you to open a document direct from the Start menu.

By default any application opened from Start Menu 8 will no longer display the UAC prompt. We're not sure this is a good idea, but you can turn it off in just a few clicks.

Extended Explorer integration means you can pin any application to the menu by right-clicking it and selecting "Pin to Start Menu 8".

Along with the usual power menu options (shut down, restart, hibernate), Windows 8/ 8.1 users get a "Restart (Safe Mode)" entry.

The package also now runs on any version of Windows from XP up.

In theory, this is all very configurable. You're able to choose your preferred Start button, menu style (standard or Start Screen-like "Modern"), the menus to be displayed, power actions, hotkeys and more.

What's new in v2.3?

+ Added some advanced settings to help you customize your Windows 10
+ Added support for Modern app's icon background color adjusting automatically along with the Windows 10 Theme color
+ Added option to show or hide the latest game or software news
+ Added option 'Delete' in right-click menu for the items on the right panel of start menu
+ Added Bosnian version
+ Optimized the UI to be much user-friendly
* Fixed general bugs

Verdict:

A capable, configurable and free Start menu replacement.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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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 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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