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Poll: Basic Preferences--Using Metro Interface vs Desktop

View Poll Results: Basic Preferences: Using "Metro 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. #21

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I use whatever tool is right for the job. If an app I want to use is a metro app, I use that. If it's a desktop app, I use that.

    Most of my apps that I use regularly are desktop apps, but I don't choose them because they're desktop, it's just because it's the app I have that does the job. If the same app were available for both metro and desktop, not sure which i'd choose.. I generally choose the Metro weather app, rather than going to or running a taskbar app. I think it just depends on how the app fits.

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  2. #22

    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM

    I have Metro permanently disabled and boot straight to desktop using Ex7ForW8 which imports Explorer 7 shell and Orb Start Menu from W7 installation disk. Only way to go as far as I'm concerned.

    Metro modern? It's straight from the ark! Dunno how it survived the flood though? Or was it a Jurassic Park reject that even the dinosaurs couldn't tolerate?
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  3. #23

    Posts : 59
    MS Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    znod, so far your results show an over whelming preference to the desktop, where as my poll still is vague
    in overall preference, in fact its leaning towards 50/50. Odd????? is it not.... but maybe not, as I over simplified
    my you originally pointed out to me.

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  4. #24

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

    Yes, so far that is true. We'll see how it turns out, and I'll have more to say about the poll results eventually. I think your poll provides pretty solid evidence related to the for the issue you addressed explicitly--how many use a 3rd-party start menu on the desktop versus how many don't. Trying to infer preference beyond the obvious would be a slippery slope. In, regard to your poll, I think you could somewhat reasonably say that X percent of your respondents prefer having a third-party start menu on the desktop, while Y percent of your respondents prefer not having a third-party start menu on the desktop--but that is not clearly the case since you did not ask explicitly about preference.
    Last edited by znod; 14 Jan 2013 at 10:54.
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  5. #25

    Posts : 3
    windows 8

    Isn't it wonderful to have both of them available?
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  6. #26

    When I can be bothered to throw in my drives with w8 it is only desktop for me. Metro is just horrid.
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  7. #27

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    I simply CANNOT WORK in any way sensibly without using concurrent RE-SIZABLE Windows.

    Thumbs down for Metro (on a desktop). - On a Tablet it could (and probably does) make sense.

    About the only time I use full screen is when watching a Movie / TV on a computer and that's only when I'm travelling as at home I use a TV for that purpose.

    Please all you Metro users

    tell me how do you TRANSLATE or COMPARE say 3 or more documents at the same time, Copy content from several documents into a power point presentations, compare say prices etc from several websites when shopping, have say two or 3 concurrent real time stock market prices on display so you can enter / exit a trade at the appropriate point ( plus the application open for EXECUTING the trade --and it has to be done quickly too), compare several Photoshop Layers while creating professional grade prints for publication etc etc.

    Even simple things like say on Betfair- A Real Time or In play )betting Exchange -- might be illegal in the US but very popular in Europe. Online Betting, Sports Betting, Horse Racing, Football | Bet Poker, Casino & Games

    where you might be betting in real time (or "In Play") on two or 3 different markets -- while the race is running you also need calculators etc on screen AT THE SAME TIME to get the best options and decide when to enter the market (especially if laying a bet) or to exit the market losing as little money as possible if the market moves against you.

    You'd be hard put to it to do ANY of the above list with Metro and a SINGLE full screen window --and that's only a subset of what "Pro users" do with their machines --and we aren't all "Classical I.T guys" either but rather what those guys would call "Power or Key Users".

    For these type of operations switching with the normal TAB etc isn't an option --you need ALL the WINDOWS TO BE VISIBLE AT THE SAME TIME or you will lose money BIG time --especially on stock trading or using betting exchanges.

    Even if you don't do this type of activity -- even say creating a spreadsheet from data in emails received by two or three people requires at least 2 applications to be open and visible concurrently -- EXCEL and your email clinet (I use Outlook) -- and the email client needs BOTH or all 3 Emails in this case to be visible too -- otherwise I'd have to jot down data from the emails on a piece of paper before getting back to the spread sheet where I can enter the data (Back to the Abacus if I have to work like that).
    so the above example needs at least 3 or 4 windows to be open concurrently to perform the task properly.

    I suspect Metro users would be generally those possibly playing games, doing simple surfing , rabiiting around on facebook or the like -- most of this stuff doesn't need a computer anyway -- a tablet or smart phone would be just as good.

    As I've posted elsewhere how is it that supposedly so many intelligent and quite skilled I.T people on this Forum seem to have a total lack of comprehension when it come to using multiple concurrent Windows -- after all isn't that actually the NAME OF THE OS in the first place and what it was designed for.

    People who don't do this type of stuff --well fine and good and Metro might well be a nice simple convenient way for you to work -- but PLEASE UNDERSTAND OTHER PEOPLE'S NEEDS AND TASKS THEY ARE TRYING TO PERFORM befoer we get those Vitriolic replies - like You should know how to use Windows - or learn short cut key strokes or other totally bovine remarks of a similar ilk.

    (And the result of this poll is largely irrelevant anyway - people work in different ways -- and if Windows phase out the desktop then we'll either switch to an OS that provides us with what we want or keep running W7 etc as VM's till "the cows come home").

    Ms isn't stupid or the evil empire people say it is --The desktop isn't going away any time soon -- of that you can be 100% certain.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 13 Jan 2013 at 06:35.
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  8. #28

    Posts : 120
    Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack + AeroGlass

    If I wanted my PC to look and work like a tablet, I'd buy a tablet. No Metro for me, thank you very much.
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  9. #29

    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode

    I never even see the metro interface, my classic shell boots me directly into the desktop.
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  10. #30

    When all your software runs under the desktop, of what use is Metro? I'm in the business of being productive, I don't run operating systems. It's "just there" and takes care of the housekeeping.
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