Windows 7 has developed in a way that negates some of Launchy's functionality. By pressing the windows key, one can start typing in the start menu and receive a list of programs to launch. This is the basic functionality of Launchy, the problem is that Windows 7 integrates it well into the rest of the OS. In order for Launchy to survive, I believe it must compete or integrate with such Windows functions. Users are not inclined to need several programs for launching applications. The thing that Launchy does that Windows 7 does not is providing extensibility and file browsing. I like how integrated the start menu "Search for programs and files" search bar is, but that's all it does, search. The power of Launchy is the ability to browse filesystems, set specific locations to index, and above all be extensible. Mathy is one of my most used functions, next up is Googleing from the Launchy window. If Launchy could integrate into the "Search for programs and files" bar it would have a designated place in the system, integrated with the OS. Further yet, if it could use the start menu to display its functions (as Windows 7 does to display search results on typing) it would act as an improvement on Windows, rather than a falling competitor to Windows.
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