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Developer(s) SweetLabs Inc.
Operating system Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Type Digital distribution
License Freeware
Website .com.pokkiwww

Pokki is a free digital distribution platform and Windows Shell extension by SweetLabs, Inc. that provides a mobile app-like interface for Windows-based computers. It is available for Windows XP and later; the Windows 8 version takes over the Start screen to imitate a look and feel of the second generation Start menu in earlier versions of Windows.


The program launched as a beta version in June 2011.[1][2][3] Pokki's framework is built on Chromium and allows developers to build desktop applications using standard web languages like HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript.[4]

In April 2012, Pokki launched the Pokki Store (available online and included in the native desktop application), a marketplace and app store for desktop apps for social networking services and social gaming apps.[5] The Pokki Store allows users to browse, search, and download applications in various categories including Entertainment, Games, Music, Productivity, Shopping, and Social. Applications are submitted by developers through the Pokki Developer Center.

In August 2012, Pokki exited beta, announced 1 million monthly active users, and released the Pokki Menu, an app launcher for access, management, and discovery of its apps, and a notification center for real-time updates.[6][7][8]

In October 2012, Pokki for Windows 8 was released, a free software download that brings back core Windows Start menu functionality that had been removed from Windows 8.[9][10][11][12] As of January 2013, it had about 1.5 million users.[13]


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  2. ^ Cho, Eddie (30 June 2011). "Pokki: Serving the Web like bite-sized candy". CNET. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Geron, Tomio (28 June 2011). "Pokki Brings Mobile-Style Apps To Desktop PCs". Forbes. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Kincaid, Jason (30 June 2011). "OpenCandy's Pokki Brings Web Apps To The Desktop, With Style". TechCrunch. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Alex, Wilhelm (17 April 2012). "Meet Pokki: Bringing the power of mobile apps to your desktop". The Next Web. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Van Groove, Jennifer (30 August 2012). "Pokki exits beta, picks up 1M users, and sets out to prove that desktop apps can be cool, too". VentureBeat. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Gallagher, Billy (30 August 2012). "Pokki Surpasses 1 Million Monthly Active Users, Releases Angry Birds, Pandora and Pinterest Desktop Apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Streams, Kimber (31 August 2012). "Must-have Windows widget app Pokki leaves beta, OS X version on the way". The Verge. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Chang, Alexandra (16 October 2012). "Pokki Brings the Start Menu Back to Windows 8". Wired. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Newman, Jared (16 October 2012). "Pokki Aims to Fix Windows 8 with Replacement Start Menu". TIME. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Molt, Stephanie (16 October 2012). "Pokki Brings the Start Menu to Windows 8". PC Magazine. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Whitney, Lance (17 October 2012). "How to restore the classic Start menu with Pokki for Windows 8". CNET. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Yahoo! News, Jan. 16, 2013

External links

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