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Nexus: Easy to configure dock-style application launcher

Nexus is a free application launcher for Windows that works a lot like the OS X dock. It's hardly the only dock-style program launcher for Windows, but Nexus is one of the most attractive and flexible options I've seen. The free utility comes with a handful of themes and offers live previews of your CPU and RAM usage and your local weather forecast.

There are a ton of advanced settings, many of which have to do with the program's animations and other visual elements. Adding programs to the dock is as simple as dragging and dropping them. You can remove shortcuts by dragging them to the trash bin.

The makers of Nexus also offer a commercial application called WinStep Xtreme which bundles Nexus with a desktop replacement called WorkShelf and a start menu organizer called Winstep Start Menu. If you shell out the $24.95 for WinStep Xtreme you also get a few extra features for the Nexus dock, including multi-level docks.

[via Life Rocks 2.0]

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