Skip to main content

Pokki, Apps, Services, Features In Your Windows Taskbar

 

I held back on reviewing Pokki for a long time. That was probably not the best of ideas considering that it is one of those rare gems that you stumble upon from time to time. For now, Pokki is a free software for Windows 7 that adds information, services and features to the Windows taskbar. The developers have plans to add support for Vista and XP in a future version.

Pokki is app based, which means that users install the main client and then the apps that they want to use. Apps include popular choices like Gmail, Facebook or eBay, but also apps that are more on the geeky side of things. This includes an awesome headlines app that is displaying RSS feed contents, a Google Search bar app to start a search on Google directly from the taskbar or a file uploader.

pokki interface

You install Pokki by selecting one of the featured applications from the Pokki website. This installs the application and the main client on the operating system. The icons are placed directly between the start menu button and the first icons of the taskbar. This takes some getting used to time as it moves all the icons to the right (I have several tabs pinned on the taskbar).

Individual applications are then launched with a single click on their icon. The interface opens up fluently. The headlines app for instance displays a selection of default and custom RSS feeds in its interface. Options are provided to add custom RSS feed links to the application which are then displayed on the left side. Options are then available to display news from all RSS feeds in chronological order or news from one specific RSS feed.

pokki

Information like the unread email or news count are displayed on the icons if applicable. A total of 21 different applications can be installed right now. Instructions are provided on the program website on how to build custom applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

Pokki’s concept is rather unique and interesting. The developers need to push out new applications to increase the reach of their application. That, and support for Vista and XP seem to be the two important things that need to be addressed. The apps could use tooltips that describe what they do as well.

Don’t get me wrong though. Pokki as it stands is a great program for the Windows operating system. At least a few of the available apps should be useful for the majority of Windows users.


© Martin Brinkmann for gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials, 2011. | Permalink | Add to del.icio.us, digg, facebook, reddit, twitter
Post tags: facebook, gmail, pokki, rss feed, windows software

Pokki, Apps, Services, Features In Your Windows Taskbar
Martin Brinkmann
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:36:44 GMT

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Apple will disconnect ‘obsolete’ first-gen Apple TV from iTunes in May

Apple has announced today it will drop iTunes support for some older devices from May 25. This includes the first generation Apple TV, and also any PC running Windows XP or Vista. The company is introducing new security changes which will prevent those devices from using the latest version of iTunes.
Apple says that the original Apple TV is an "obsolete Apple product" and will not be updated to support security changes. Only those with the second generation of Apple TV or later will be able to access the iTunes store.
Windows XP or Vista users won't be able to use the latest version of iTunes, but older Windows computers can still use previous versions without support from Apple. Those who do so, however, won't be able to make new purchases or re-download previous purchases on that computer. If you're on on XP or Vista, you'll need to upgrade to Windows 7 or later to continue using iTunes normally.
The writing was already on the wall for these devices: Wi…

Windows 10: Microsoft retires HomeGroup

Microsoft plans to remove the HomeGroup functionality from its Windows 10 operating system. The company made the first step towards that goal in the most recent Insider Preview version of Windows 10 as it disabled it in that build.
In "a note about HomeGroup" in the release announcement of the Windows 10 Insider Build, Microsoft confirms that HomeGroup will be retired.
The company introduced HomeGroup in Windows 7 as a new option for home users to access printers, files, and media in home networks. The core idea was to assign all devices to a single HomeGroup to share access to files and printers between all devices.
It is unclear how popular the feature was and is. It is clear however that it was never the only option that Windows users had in this regard, and it was not the best either for certain use cases. You could not add Mac OS X or Linux devices to a HomeGroup for instance.
The end of HomeGroup
Easily connecting to and sharing the important pieces of your digi…

Microsoft Reportedly Replacing Outlook.com With Office 365

Microsoft might be thinking about replacing the technology and user interface of Outlook.com with Office 365 if a new report is to be believed. Apparently the company will be migrating all Outlook.com users to Office 365 at some point later this year. Office 365 brings other services as well which include Outlook Web Access. The question that surely must be on everyone’s mind is that why is Microsoft doing this? According to The Verge the reason behind this migration is to make sure that Microsoft Outlook, Exchange and Office 365 platforms are perfectly aligned. In favor of keeping things consistent Microsoft is going to go ahead and add the consumer Outlook.com to the mix as well. There has been speculation previously about impending major user interface changes for Outlook.com, Microsoft’s general manager of Office Apps Rob Lefferts suspected that much. It’s worth nothing that Microsoft hasn’t updated its consumer email service for quite a few months and it even showed the door to G…