Lenovo’s PC ‘Start menu’ may just be another form of bloatware

Lenovo Windows 8 Start Menu Criticism

If something sounds too good to be true, then that probably means it’s bloatware. Ars Technica reports that Lenovo’s new Start menu replacement for Windows 8 PCs probably won’t deliver the traditional Start menu experience that many PC users have been looking for. Essentially, the third-party Start menu from SweetLabs that Lenovo is pre-loading onto its new PCs has an annoying habit of constantly prompting you to buy new apps that you probably don’t want.

As Ars notes, SweetLabs admits as much in its press release and says that “apps are dynamically recommended in the Pokki Start menu, app store, and game arcade to users by SweetLabs’ real-time app recommendation system.” So before you plunk money down to get a Lenovo PC with the hopes that it will return your long-lost Start menu, you should know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Ars Technica
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