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Poll: Basic Preferences--Using Metro Interface vs Desktop

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  • I have a strong general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    6 7.23%
  • I have a strong general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    56 67.47%
  • I have a medium general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    5 6.02%
  • I have a medium general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    9 10.84%
  • I have a weak general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    0 0%
  • I have a weak general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    0 0%
  • I have no have no general preference as described above.

    7 8.43%
  1. #11

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    I like Desktop.
    I use Metro Search to find things.
    I'm used to XP Pro.
    Windows 8 Pro takes a bit of getting used to.

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  2. #12

    Mostly use the Desktop, occasionally Metro UI.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have a general preference of metro over the Desktop.

    I understand what you are saying above Coke. If I overemphasize some of what your said, then please forgive (not on purpose). What I will say is just consistent with what I do.

    I am OK with metro for doing a few things (e.g., changing some pc settings and doing some personalizing, etc.), but almost everything I do is from the desktop either by necessity or because I like the options available to me on the desktop better. And, for example, if I want a movie, then I go to Netflix from Chrome on my desktop. And, if I want news, then I go to CNBC, CNN, Maximum PC, etc., from Chrome on my desktop. Etc., etc. As a consequence, my start screen ends up being essentially a transfer mechanism for the desktop. For example, if I end up on the start screen and decide I want to use Word, then I click Word, and I end up on the desktop. Of the original things that were on my start screen, the only ones left are Camera, Photos, Maps, Desktop, and Weather. I leave Weather there only for a quick peak (I don't open it; I have other preferred sources for weather). I leave Camera there because I might use it sometime. Same with maps (but I have other preferred sources here too). I leave Photos there for an occasional quick peak at My Pictures. I leave Desktop there for the obvious reason. And, ignoring Maps, Photos, Weather, Camera, and Windows Media Center, If I click on anything else on my start screen, then I end up on the desktop. The things I put on my start screen are primarily those allowing me to make a selection from the set of things I am most likely to want to do after, for example, restarting. Below is what my start screen currently looks like.

    Edit: My desktop tile now is in the upper left so that a return takes me directly to the desktop.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails MetroStart2.PNG  
    Last edited by znod; 22 Jan 2013 at 20:15.
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  4. #14

    Posts : 214
    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT

    I use the desktop 89% of the time to get productive work done because, as pparks1 points out, having multiple re-sizable windows open at the same time is an absolute must. I do hop over to the Start UI to check weather, ESPN app, or to play a game or two. Also use it to search. I like the Start UI.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP

    I use both with no preference, though I must admit to liking some of the Apps in Metro especially the travelling one. Being an iPad user I like the Windows Store, the Apps are getting better especially some of the games.

    I can see myself spending more time in Metro in the future. I'm finding I don't close Apps down at all even the Desktop ones and can just switch between apps very easily.

    I must admit I can't see why people are finding Windows 8 hard, especially with the task bar on the left.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit

    I mainly use the desktop, because I am more comfortable with it. If future versions of Windows don't have a desktop feature, then I will just have to adapt, but not until then.
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  7. #17

    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    I also use both, with a preference towards the desktop. I don't have an issue with Metro. No touch, just an el-cheapo $10 USB I/R mouse
    with a scroll-wheel/3rd button. Seems to work just fine, for me.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64

    When people say they have a preference for something, it doesn't mean they find an alternative difficult, or the like, they simply prefer the former. I don't see what's so hard about understanding that.
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  9. #19

    Posts : 59
    MS Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    Strong preference and use of desktop. Metro, well so far games only...card games....
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  10. #20

    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP

    It's not a matter of preference for me, each has it's reasons and my use of either is dictated by what I am working on or trying to accomplish not which environment is more preferable. How I use Windows 8 at work is a total contrast to how I use it at home because my use of it changes. At work it is more about productivity, all my requirements are at the desktop using desktop applications. The Metro interface becomes a launcher in this scenario although I occasionally might look at an App if a news item catches my eye. At home it's the opposite, most of what I do is consumption and I spend most of my time in Metro although I spend more time on the desktop on my Surface than I thought I would. I like both equally and find they both offer benefits in their own way, for that I voted no preference.
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