Start10 will allow users to add a classic or enhanced Start menu to Windows 10, and to access both desktop and Modern/Metro-Style apps from the Start menu. Start10 will enabled unified search for apps, settings and files and also provide a skinnable Start button.
With the Start-menuless Windows 8, the need for a Start menu replacement seemed fairly clear-cut. Many users wanted and needed a familiar, easy way to navigate the OS. But why introduce an alternative Start menu for an operating system that will have one?
I've already seen several people on Twitter claiming Start10 is unnecessary. Some think Stardock should wait to see the final version of the Start menu in Windows 10 before rolling out a replacement menu.
Wardell's response (via Neowin):
"I've yet to meet a power user who is happy with the current implementation of the Start menu on Windows 10. A desktop OS is not about launching apps. I can do that on a tablet or an iPad. A desktop OS is about managing your 'stuff' -- your data. We really need Microsoft to understand this distinction. What Start10 is designed to solve is the issue of ensuring that it is always easy and convenient to get to your stuff."
The final version of Start10 should be available around the time Windows 10 launches (which is believed to be this coming fall). It will be priced at $4.99 standalone, or available as part of an Object Desktop desktop enhancement subscription.