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In Pictures: Making the most of Windows 8 - the di...
Coping with Windows 8 Start: PortableApps
To circumvent the Windows 8 Start screen, you can always go with the likes of PortableApps to access popular apps from a menu on the legacy desktop. PortableApps offers a curated collection of free and open source apps that run in a self-contained way, without touching the Registry or other system settings. It might prove a useful way to organize and update many apps you might already work with, such as Skype, Chrome, Firefox, and so on.
In Pictures: Making the most of Windows 8 - the diehard's guide