Microsoft’s Office Labs has posted a tool for launching programs called SpeedLaunch. Now, there are a lot of launchers out there, as the creators of SpeedLaunch point out on their blog. What seems unique about theirs, they say, is the drag-n-drop functionality for creating shortcuts: you get a big ‘ole target in the corner of your screen, right above the taskbar.
On the whole, SpeedLaunch seems much less powerful that something like Enso, which automatically scans your startmenu for programs, instead of making you add them manually, and includes commands far, far beyond just launching programs. SpeedLaunch’s use of a mouse-driven, modal interface will also make it considerably slower that Enso, which becomes almost second nature in a few weeks of use.
Still, if you haven’t yet tried Enso because the text-based input puts you off, (and, you’re on Windows) give SpeedLaunch a go.