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Samsung Windows 8 PCs Will Have Start Menu After All

It's a case of now you see it, now you don't and now you do again over at Samsung. When we first reported on Samsung's first Windows 8 devices, notably the Series 5 and Series 7 Slate, they featured S Launcher, a Samsung utility that mimicked Windows' familiar Start Menu. Then ZDNet reported that the S Launcher wouldn't make it into the final shipping product in the U.S. That's only partially true. 

It seems that you can't hold a good utility down. We've received confirmation from Samsung reps that while S Launcher will not ship with Samsung's Windows 8 devices, it will be available for download when the products hit store shelves. The widget lets users access settings, files and programs without having to go back to the Modern-style Start menu. You can also quickly get to your pictures and music, as well as shut down with a click.

Update: S Launcher has undergone a name change and will debut as Quick Starter.

Although third-party alternatives like Stardock's Start8 offers similar functionality, Samsung's S Launcher could give the company an advantage in the upcoming Windows 8 wars. Stay tuned for a full review of Samsung's Windows 8 devices and its nifty widget.

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.