Windows 8 contains a lot of impressive new features which people will love, but we think that the missing start menu will confuse a lot of people initially. We wanted to offer a simple and free start menu to help users with the transition.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
Ninite today announced that it added a Start Menu replacement for Windows 8 to its offering. This coincides with the official release of Windows 8.
The free Ninite.com download site allows users to install over 100 different Windows desktop applications completely automatically. People use Ninite to to install 500,000 programs every weekday. Users simply select their applications on the website and Ninite fully automates the download and installation. There's no clicking Next and unwanted add-ons like toolbars are always declined.
People setting up Windows 8 PCs can now include a simple start menu with a single click. This new feature is called Classic Start and is a streamlined installation of the free tool Classic Shell. Ninite’s start menu just adds the start menu component of Classic Shell and sets everything up so it can be used out of the box without configuration. Users just get the old start menu back without any extra junk. Ninite also gives the start menu an updated Windows-8-style look and a shortcut back to the Metro start screen.
Ninite’s co-founder Sascha Kuzins says: “Windows 8 contains a lot of impressive new features which people will love, but we think that the missing start menu will confuse a lot of people initially. We wanted to offer a simple and free start menu to help users with the transition. Our streamlined installation of the Classic Shell start menu is designed to be simple, work out of the box and blend in with the new Windows 8 desktop. “
Besides the Windows 8 specific start menu, Ninite includes over 100 of the most popular Windows applications. This includes the Chrome and Firefox browsers, runtimes like Java and Air, document centric software like Adobe Reader and the free LibreOffice office suite, as well as Skype, iTunes and many more. Downloading and installing all these applications at once saves users a lot of time. In fact, Ninite has automated over 56 years of installation work in just the last 30 days.
In addition to Ninite’s free website, Ninite Updater is available for purchase for $9.99 per year. This program is installed on a PC and runs in the background, automatically monitoring the PC for out of date applications. The Updater notifies the user when there are updates and allows users to perform the updates with only a few clicks.
Ninite also offers Ninite Pro, an edition of the software designed for business use. Ninite Pro can install and update applications silently on a large number of machines and is used by thousands of companies, schools, and organizations including NASA and Yale. Pricing starts at just 20 cents per machine per month.
About Secure By Design Inc.
Secure By Design Inc., the company behind Ninite, was founded by Sascha Kuzins and Patrick Swieskowski in 2008 and launched the Ninite.com website and automated installer in 2009. Secure by Design Inc. is funded by Y Combinator and a number of angel investors. Visit http://ninite.com for more information.