Can RetroUI Save Windows 8 from Its User Interface Woes?

13 March 2013
Ben Logan

Ben Logan


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Microsoft has so far done an impressive job of turning off loyal fans of Windows with the launch of Windows 8, and as a result there have been a number of shell applications made available by third parties to cushion the blow of the radically redesigned interface.

RetroUI 3.1.1 is the latest entry into the arena, offering a Start menu replacement that may be attractive to those alienated by Windows 8’s visually busy version.

It also comes with a feature called Enforce, which allows users to run modern apps inside of a window, which is something that users of Windows 8 have been clamouring for. This allows apps to start in a maximised window that can later be resized and dragged around – a function that users of previous incarnations of Windows have taken for granted and which is largely responsible for giving the original OS its name.

Unfortunately though, Retro UI introduces a new selection of issues and quirks so it isn’t as yet the cure-all that Windows 8 users have been waiting for. More usability testing is needed on the application it seems, but nevertheless this reasonably priced app, available in 32 and 64 bit versions, is still worth a look.

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