There was a lot of controversy about Microsoft’s plans to adopt a modern interface for Windows 8 and ditch the staple Start Menu in Windows. The company motivated their reasoning by providing a larger area that would bear the same functionality, the Start Screen.
As user requests to bring back the button fell on deaf ears, third-party developers came up with various alternatives for the original start button in Windows. Stardock was among the most prominent of them, with its Start8 application, but free alternatives soon emerged.
Stardock rolled out a new application launcher, this time for the modern part of Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s called Launch 8 and its purpose is to provide a stationary dock for Start Screen, where you can easily deploy applications without having to scroll to the desired shortcut.