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Lenovo PCs will ship with pre-installed version of Pokki Windows 8 start menu add-on

SweetLabs has reached an agreement with Lenovo to pre-install its Pokki suite on new PCs shipped with the Windows 8 operating system onboard.

SweetLabs will attempt to take advantage of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update with the Pokki software that, amongst other things, gives PC owners a start menu on their system.

"The Pokki software suite complements the Windows experience, and we're excited to work with SweetLabs to open up new distribution opportunities for app developers across our devices worldwide,” said Peter Gaucher, executive director of software and content service at Lenovo.

Pokki, a Windows 8 add-on that came out late last year, gives Windows users an easy place to find and use apps and programs, find files and folders, search the Internet and their computer, change settings, and shut down. The add-on has already been downloaded by “tens of millions of Windows users” according to SweetLabs. The company hope this number will mushroom and are enthusiastic about teaming up with the manufacturer.

“Today's announcement with the #1 PC maker on the planet, Lenovo, is a massive step in the right direction. We're proud that Lenovo has chosen to enhance the out-of-box Windows 8 experience with Pokki, complementing Lenovo's innovative devices with a better way for users to access and discover apps,” said Darrius Thompson, co-founder and CEO of SweetLabs.

The version that is shipping with Lenovo devices includes the start menu as well as an app store and game arcade, all of which are powered by SweetLabs’s app recommendation and distribution platform.

The first Lenovo devices to ship with the Pokki add-on are the IdeaPad and IdeaCentre, with the first pre-loaded devices being sent out in “the next couple of weeks” according to ZDNet. Then, at a later date, Pokki will be included on new Lenovo ThinkPad’s, with a date not yet given by either company.

Lenovo becomes the third company to preload Pokki content onto its devices with Acer PC owners benefitting from the Pokki game arcade out of the box and Toshiba customers getting the start menu.