Have you ever wished that there was an easy way to access your favorite apps from the Windows taskbar? It’s now possible to get apps on your Windows taskbar with Pokki. In just one click you can have access to your email, social networks, RSS feeds and much more.
Pokki creates mini desktop applications that work right from the taskbar. Since it’s so new, there are currently only 8 applications to choose from, but now that Pokki has opened its doors to developers, more should be coming soon.
Getting Started With Pokki
Just visit the website and choose a Pokki application to download. Along with the application, the Pokki store will also be downloaded so that you can quickly install other applications right from the taskbar.
Once download, you’ll see the icon for your application and the little Pokki store icon next to it (see image below). These icons work a lot like the Apple iOS icons in that they display badge notifications alerting you of new messages and updates.
The Gmail application is very efficient and stylish. You can do all of the basic features like create a new email message, view your inbox, view starred and sent messages, view your labels, reply and forward messages, mark messages and spam, and add/remove stars.
Best of all, you can add more than one of your email accounts. This makes it easy to keep up with all of email accounts, no matter how many you may have.
The Facebook application has all of the basic Facebook features like viewing the timeline, liking, commenting, viewing notifications, viewing and accepting friend requests, and viewing your messages.
The only issue here is that you can only get a glimpse of your inbox. You cannot open any messages within the application. Clicking on a message will only open Facebook in your browser.
It would be nice to be able to actually read and respond to messages right from the application; hopefully, this functionality is coming soon.
The Twitter Pokki application is called Tweeki and it is not only beautiful but speedy as well. This is the only application to have settings (that I noticed). Within the settings, you can enable/disable badge notifications for the timeline, mentions and/or DMs. You can also enable/disable automatically URL shortening via bit.ly.
The first tab of the Tweeki application is very unique. You can view trends, suggested users, and top tweets here. The other tabs are for the timeline, mentions, DMs, and searching.
The last application I tried out was Headlines – for news and RSS feeds. Honestly, I’m not too fond of it. It’s nice, but it doesn’t let you sync with Google Reader; you have to add feeds manually or add from the few they have listed within their categories.
Also, the actual functionality works a lot like Facebook messages in that it only shows you a glimpse of feed item; when you click on it, the actual web page is opened up your browser.
What else can I say? Pokki is definitely unique, notable, and inventive. I love the concept and can’t wait for more applications to be added to the store. I’m definitely more of a Mac person, but Pokki is wonderful enough for me to want to use my Windows PC more often than usual.
What do you think about Pokki? Is it a tool that you can see yourself using on a regular basis?