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AB Commander 8.5 certified for Windows 8

We've just released an updated version 8.5 of AB Commander file manager. This version was submitted to the Windows 8 Application Certification and we are happy to report that it passed the tests and is now officially compatible with Windows 8.

Besides the compatibility with Windows 8, this version offers several minor improvements and fixes, such as:

  • The Duplicate Current Tab command, the tooltips that show the full path, and the tabs, and several other improvements.
  • A new option: Invoke Go to Parent folder when double-clicking on empty space.
  • The horizontal scroll bars now automatically appear or disappear as needed on the Folder bars.
  • ... and a few other little things

As before, AB Commander 8.5 comes with a free 30-day license for you to try it out before purchasing it.

Happy file managing!

Press Release: StartFinity for Windows 8

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
WinAbility Software Corp.

StartFinity, the missing Start Menu for Windows 8, is here

WinAbility Software has released StartFinity, a Windows 8 program that adds a Start button to Windows 8 desktop. When the Start button is pressed, StartFinity displays the Start Menu similar to the built-in Start menu of Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. StartFinity enables Windows 8 users to utilize the familiar Start Menu interface to navigate to the Documents, Pictures, Music, and other folders, launch programs from the Programs menu, open Control Panel, or use the Shut Down menu commands to perform such tasks in a familiar fashion.

“While not the exact imitation of the Start Menu that Windows 7 has, StartFinity comes pretty close,” says Andrei Belogortseff, the founder and CEO of WinAbility Software. “The StartFinity Start Menu even comes with a search box where you can type a few letters of a program’s name you are looking for, and the matching items will be displayed as a list, for the user to choose from, pretty much like the Windows 7 search box does,” Andrei added.

StartFinity does not remove access to the new Start Screen of Windows 8: it adds a command at the very top of its Start Menu to allow the user to switch to the Start Screen at any time. The user has also an option to use the Windows key to activate the Start Menu (instead of clicking the Start button).

StartFinity can be used with both desktop and tablet computers running the Windows 8 operating system that offers the desktop mode. StartFinity cannot be used on Windows 8 computers that do not offer the desktop mode.

The full version of StartFinity can be purchased securely online from http://www.winability.com/ starting from $7.95 for a one-computer license. Multi-computer and site license discounts are available. StartFinity Starter edition is also available for free download from http://www.winability.com/startfinity-free/. For more information, visit http://www.winability.com or contact WinAbility Software at P.O. Box 630272, Rockville, UT 84763-0272. Voice/FAX: +1(801)303-7310.

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Editorial Evaluation Copy Available on Request.

WinAbility software and Windows 8 get along just fine!

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Note: This article was written before Windows 8 was officially released.

As you probably know, Microsoft has announced recently several significant changes to the Windows user interface that are going to appear in the next major upgrade to Windows. Since they released a preview version of Windows 8 a few days ago, we've been eager to see how our software would perform on the new version. Especially since Steven Sinofsky made a point that any existing program that works with Windows 7 should work with Windows 8 as well.

Of course, we wouldn't expect our software to plug into the new Metro interface right away: any software needs to be programmed specifically to take advantage of it. However, since Windows 8 has a special compatibility mode to run the familiar desktop applications, we figured we should try to run our applications in that mode.

So, we've download the Windows 8 DVD image, installed it, and spent some time familiarizing ourselves with Windows 8. Turns out that the desktop mode is just one click away from the Metro interface. And when you make that click, you immediately feel at home. We've installed AB Commander, Space Investigator, Folder Guard, and USBCrypt on the Windows 8 desktop, and after a brief testing we didn't notice any major difference in their appearance or performance:

WinAbility software runs on Windows 8 desktop just fine

Sure, it's too early to do the real testing of our software on Windows 8, because a lot of things are going to change before Windows 8 hits the shelves. That's what we will be busy with in the coming months while Microsoft is getting Windows 8 ready for the prime time. Meanwhile, it's nice to know that our software runs on Windows 8 preview as it is.

As for our impression of Windows 8, the Metro interface is quite a significant change that will take some getting used to. It will probably fit the tablets and the smart phones just fine, while when it comes to the conventional desktops and laptops, we are not so sure. Time will tell!

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