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RetroUI tries to fix Windows 8's usability woes, but only makes them worse

Erez Zukerman | March 13, 2013
Despite good intentions and an innovative proposition, RetroUI is slower and clunkier than the competition.

RetroUI's Start menu suffers some unfortunate quirks: For example, its find-as-you-type feature is very slow compared to competitor Classic Shell, and you can't use the arrow keys to navigate results.

RetroUI looks good on paper, but in its current form, it fails to deliver a satisfying experience. Rather than soothe Windows 8 frustrations, it only adds to them. If you're looking to use Windows 8 with fewer annoyances, you would do well to save $5 and try the free and effective Classic Shell with its powerful Start menu replacement.

 

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