Even the most ardent fan of Windows can't help but fall in love with Mac OS X's dock. The simple, clear launcher provides easy access to the most frequently used programs and settings of a Mac and is wonderfully animated. With RK Launcher you can bring a very similar feature to Windows.

The dock can be locked to any of the four sides of your desktop and program shortcuts can be added for easy access. This in itself is nothing special, but where RK Launcher really shines is in the look department. Roll your mouse over one of the icons and it will be magnified with a smooth animation.

Just as in Mac OS X, opening programs are accompanied by a bouncing animated icon and the dock also provides access to running programs and open windows. By default RK Launcher is semi-transparent so your desktop background will show through, but this can be customised with a new background image.

Program configuration can be accessed by right clicking the separator that appears in the dock and from here you can customise every aspect of RK Launcher and control how it looks and works.
 

Verdict

RK Launcher is a great alternative to the Start menu and taskbar with great looks to boot.