It needed a change, it's been the same for too long. Time to move on.
It needed a change, it's been the same for too long. Time to move on.
The question is irrevelant for me because I use a Ex7ForW8 hacked Windows7 Orb start menu, which runs Explorer 7 in W8, with Ex7 files imported from W7 installation disc.
It can run in Explorer 7 mode, or can be switched back to native W8 Explorer 8, but when one is swithced on, the other is switched off. I leave it in Ex7 mode which means 'Metro' is unavailable and I never see it. I work exclusively from desktop GUI.
Metro is an entirely new operating system. It runs side-by-side with the old Windows. It's not just some simple API they added on to things. This is the first step in migrating the application base to the new platform that will work across different CPU's and architectures (Phone, Tablet, and PC).
This being the "first step", it's not as mature as Win32 is (the traditional OS) and it will take some time to mature. Microsoft chose to do this "dual OS" route rather than do the route that Apple did, when they converted everyone from PowerPC to x86 (that used emulation). Using the apple approach would mean that existing performance applications, like games, would probably run 10x slower, and use a LOT more resources.
The problem most people have is that it's not the same as they are used to, so they conclude that it's not aimed at desktops because, in their mind, the old UI is the only way a desktop can work. That's simply not the case. I have asked this question of a lot of people, and nobody can ever give me a straight answer about how the UI is so unusable on a desktop. They always talk about how it's not usable with a keyboard and mouse, which is totally false. it's very usable with a keyboard and mouse.
The only argument, in my mind, that is valid is the full screen one. And while I agree that it's not ideal, it's not a deal breaker. Most of my apps are WIn32 apps, and that will continue to be the case for a long time to come. But I still like Metro and can see the potential there.
Think of it like this. Other than the start screen (which, by the way, most people think is Metro.. it's not, it just LOOKS like metro, it's actually a Win32 app), I think of Metro apps the same way I would think of a video game emulation console, or a virtual machine.
I really don't understand the "I want to get rid of it" mentality. If you don't use any metro apps, you never have to use Metro. But it's there if you want it. It's completely out of the way and won't interfere with you or anything if you don't want to use it.
If you don't like the new start menu, that's fine. But the start menu is *NOT* metro. It's a Win32 app that has been styled to look like Metro.
I didn't really like it at first but after using it for a day I actually found myself liking it better than aero.
Cool.. but I really just want to use my workstation PC as.. a workstation.
I'm using Classic Shell and running with Administrator account (which disables the opening of Metro apps). I have almost no interaction with Metro. I'm simply an end user, not a developer in awe of its wonderous potential, and I have very little interest in these apps.
My CPU, my RAM, my SSD capacity, my UI Themes, my Wacom, my Screen real-estate, my Shortcuts, my Cursor movement/efficiency... just about everything in my workflow is streamlined and optimised.
My PC is just a tool to me.. but it's my tool. Any clutter or fluff gets cleaned away.
I didn't think I'd like it at all but it's actually fine. It sits in the background out-of-the way when I'm on the desktop. If I feel like running a news app back there or something I go to it and it navigates that environment just fine.
I don't think I'll go to the tablets with it, though. I have too much invested in my iOS stuff. Win8 still allows me to synchronize iTunes to those so it's good with me. (Breaking that would have been a deal breaker for me).
Straight answer: It's not unusable, I just don't want to use it this way.
Specific reasons: Every application that I run and depend upon is a classic desktop app. This is not going to change any time soon. To go to the Start Screen, means my "entire" freaking desktop goes away (on a single monitor setup) while I am whisked over to the new start menu to find another application to run. When this happens, I lose my visual on Outlook, my Microsoft Lync messenger and anything else running on my "classic desktop". If I get distracted or fire up a full screen metro app and instant messages come into Microsoft Lync, I have no visibility that I am getting a message. And on my work machine, I don't have speakers, so I don't hear the audible sounds.
Metro apps are useless to me. I have large monitors and want multiple things open at the same time. I don't want one taking up 320px of my display and the other taking the rest of the screen. I WANT to resize windows to whatever size works best for me, not the half baked 2 metro apps per screen concept we have.
When my screen is locked at work, I don't want people seeing anything from my system. Yet, if I choose to use a Metro app (which I probably won't, but if I did), with notifications turned on, an email which arrives pops up on the damn screen and you can more or less read the subject and the first line or so of the message. This could be an issue depending upon the content of the message.
Live tiles "annoy" the crap out of me. They all end up looking the same and I have a hard time differentiating which are which. My People app sometimes displays pictures from facebook, my news app shows pictures and my Photos apps shows pictures..so they all more or less end up looking the same to me.
Hot corners are a pain in the ass with multiple monitors. Sometimes you go for the charms bar and you end up on the second display. Sure, I can use the Win+C keyboard shortcut, but if my hands are already on the mouse than maybe I would rather use the mouse.
I just wish that they would have included an "option" to boot directly to the "classic desktop" and turn on a start menu from the classic desktop. Give me option to make the "Start Screen" an icon on my "classic desktop" and then i can click on it in the rare event that I want to ever use it. Actually make it optional, rather than forced and have to workaround it.
Etc.. etc.. No matter how much you address the claimed reasons for disliking it, it was something else. The reason was not any of those problems.. it was that he hadn't actually tried to give it a chance, and he just hated it for personal preference reasons. If that's the case, just SAY that (not talking about you here, because you are in fact saying that)
I really don't get the argument about "losing your visual on outlook" when the start menu opens. Does the world end if you can't see Outlook for the 10 seconds it takes to start a new app? The start menu does not stay up, it goes away after you select something.
Use your desktop 99.9% of the time, and if there's any metro apps you like, use them when you want. It's not the end of the world to have an additional environment you can access at will.
What is it about Windows 8 that causes (hopefully) otherwise reasonable people to abandon all logic and become hysterical about it?
...So that poeple can open the application they familiar with on any of their deice. Cool! Except that MS takes the wrong road to do so.Originally Posted by Mystere
It's much better to release software version adapted to the device than a single version for all devices. It's not difficult: You just need to remove the features which don't work well on the least powerful device.
With Metro, you just have the version for the least powerful device on the most powerful one.
I'm not against Metro apps per se, and having the same (or closely the same) app on you PC and your phone may be interresting, but on the PC they should come with the basic minimum that a modern software UI offers on such machine: Resizeable and Minimizeable. Preferably with a caption where you know the close button is/should always be there.Maybe it's not the only way, but the old UI (I understand by this the Desktop) is the most efficient one and MS is not going to reinvent the wheel. Cars are driven with the same type of steering wheel for roughly 100 years and nobody has ever find anything better. Expect the same with computers. I'll bet you money that in 100 years we will still be using Windows as we know it today because that's the most efficient way to drive a computer. Touch screens come where they are relevant. Just like game consoles. You don't typewrite a document in Word with a game command. Do you?Originally Posted by Mystere
MS can come up with one million new ways of using a computer, they will never come close to the efficiency we enjoy today with the old UI. It's the fruit of a 40 years evolution. Generations of engineers have worked on it. Every computer and OS producers have adopted the window-based model. It's not going to go away anytime soon.And why do we need this? Why not make the apps Windows compatible? Why Metro-only apps? Why a separate workspace? Why a separate workspace subsystem? Why an UI in the UI? Didn't we have DOS for the same effect? Weren't we happy when finaly all DOS apps were replaced by Windows apps? Why returning the DOS look-alike model 20 years later?Originally Posted by Mystere