Even though Microsoft did not officially launch Windows 8, it was received with a good impression by the general public. This is probably due to the fact that Windows 8 is going to bring a lot of new features and improvements over the previous version of the operating system.
As you would expect in any Apple versus Microsoft war, fans of the Cupertino based company talk again about the fact that Windows 8 has copied some features which were originally available in Mac OS X Lion. Well, the truth is that the blame is not on Microsoft alone. There are a lot of Windows developers who create applications that offer you some of the features you can find in the Mac OS X Lion.
One of these applications is WinLaunch, a Mac OS X launchpad for Windows 8 that adds an application launcher to your Windows 8 which resembles quite a lot to the one from Mac OS X. Once you install the free application and it starts to run in the background, you can bring up the WinLaunch app menu using a key combination between Shift+Tab or alternatively, by hovering your mouse over the left corner of your screen.
Using this method to open WinLauncher may cause some visual issues under Windows 8 as this mouse gesture is also used by Windows 8 to give you access to the apps running in the background. We really hope that the developer will focus on this in future releases of WinLauncher, which is a Mac OS X launchpad for Windows 8.
The first time you open WinLaunch, you will have to also access the configuration mode so that you can start dragging and dropping files, folders or applications in WinLaunch, like you would do in the Mac OS X launchpad. The configuration mode can be accessed by pressing the F key once WinLaunch opens.
If you want to have files or folders all together, you can drop one on top of the other to group them in the same region of WinLaunch, a Mac OS X launchpad for Windows 8, as the application allows you to do so. It’s really great that the developer considered having this option because you can use it to manually sort apps from folders right from the beginning.
If you are not used with the Start Screen for opening apps you can simply press the Shift+Tab keys and open the WinLaunch, a Mac OS X launchpad for Windows 8. From there on you can either click on the app you want to run or you can middle mouse click when WinLaunch is active to access the options menu. Here you can adjust the settings for one or multiple displays or you can activate the tablet mode for WinLaunch. If you want to use a different key combination to open WinLaunch or change the background of WinLaunch, you can set them up in this section.
On the official website, the developer says that with each version of WinLauncher released more and more features will be added to the Mac OS X launchpad for Windows 8. If you want to download WinLauncher you should know that it is also compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7.