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Hours after Microsoft announced its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in Barcelona, utility maker Stardock said it would create a tool to easily return the now-missing Start button and menu. A week later, Stardock released Start8, a free tool for those who just can't deal with the Windows 8 minimalist UI.

Stardock execs say they will continue adding new features to Start8 as the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows 8 Server evolve over the year.

By Gina Smith

Gina Smith is a NYT best-selling author of iWOZ, the biography of Steve Wozniak. She is a vet tech journalist and chief of the geek tech site,