Windows 8 users who still miss the Start button will find an alternative on Samsung's new line-up of computers and tablets.
Samsung will offer a traditional Start menu for its Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
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Buyers of Samsung Windows 8 PCs and tablets will be able to download a free Quick Starter program, which adds a Start button and a toolbar to open your files and applications.
The S Launcher program that lets Samsung users access the Start menu replacement was initially supposed to come with new PCs and tablets. But a Samsung rep confirmed to ZDNet in August that the launcher would not appear in the final products. Instead, it will be available as a free download.
A Samsung representative told CNET that the launcher provides a taskbar that can open different applications, and a Start menu that will have the same look and feel of the Windows 7 Start menu. Quick Starter is a feature that is new to Windows 8, and is designed to provide users with a "choice of interface" and "a familiar navigation scheme," the rep added.
As described by Laptop Magazine, the "widget" mimics the traditional Start menu by giving users access to programs, files and Windows settings, without having to rely on the new Start screen.
Samsung's Windows 8 PCs and tablets are now available for pre-order at its website and will be available in stores from 26 October. The new Quick Launcher is not yet available for download, but will likely pop up once the new Windows 8 devices get into the hands of consumers.
Windows 8 users can also reclaim the Start menu via third-party utilities like ViStart, Classic Shell and StartMenu7. But the S Launcher Quick Starter program comes straight from Samsung for its own PCs.
The Start screen has proved to be a topic of controversy for Windows 8, prompting some PC users to bemoan the loss of the Start menu. Microsoft has drawn a clear line in the sand, stating that the menu is gone, so quit your whining. But to placate their menu-happy users, other PC vendors could adopt Samsung's approach by offering a more traditional alternative to the new Start screen.