I liked the Microsoft Courier for the journal like aspect and I felt that it could have been fun with how the things would have worked it felt like it was a book taking pictures for inspiration, writing notes, going online to find photos, etc. This metro interface to me basically has good intentions and ideas behind it but I feel is not a good execution. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping for a more radical change. The desktop has changed but in a bad way. The addition of ribbons(creates more confusion to me, everything in office 2007 made what I knew hard to find), the removal of the start menu(the desktop version) and probably just overall nothing that I would consider a good change. Basically they have taken out certain things(like the start menu) and have not found a better solution in place. They've added things that are not necessary(ribbon) and have caused more confusion. The desktop is still basically the same exact thing as it was when I was a little kid in 1995. Sure graphically it's different. A few new features but overall it's looked and worked the same for so long. The only real time it changed I would say was when windows 7 arrived and even that was not a huge change. Windows 7 added the one thing I personally felt made programs much easier to access the pining(superbar). Yes before you could have put stuff in the quicklaunch but those icons were so small and it was separate from the actual taskbar(hard to explain) XP had been here since 2001 in all these years they still didn't advance change or advance much. When I first saw vista it wasn't even using it that made me not want it but the fact that 5 years after windows STILL looked and worked the same which is both nice and disappointing at the same time. They had not made things easier and it only looked graphically different. So basically what I'm waiting for after all these years is for them to actually change it up radically or enough that it actually looks like a change that is beyond graphical but still very intuitive and easy for average users to figure out without having to search for how to do certain things. Something that just can be figured out that is user friendly and fun to use. Wouldn't hurt to actually look nice either.
Metro in idea is not bad but as an actual execution it just feels like large icons that tell information. Not all that exciting. There is no dimension. It's just flat and quite boring. It's a grid of blocks that pan across horizontally taking up unnecessary space. I can't say that I know how would I design it exactly but I know that when I saw that on the phones it was interesting but I always thought that the tiles were just taking up too much space and you only got so much information by looking at the screen and here on the metro start it basically just feels like a grid of block icons. I guess that's just how tablets work as android and ipad are basically a grid of icons but I feel they executed better. On top of that the metro style the simplicity has gone a bit too far. The buttons are basically text in a bordered box. And even the menus everything is so flat that it's hard for my eye and doesn't give much distinction even for search areas/forms. Everything also feels a bit severely squared there isn't any boxes with round edges. The typographic elements just feel like text against a solid background. To me the simple design became too simple that it has become boring/uninspired and feels like there wasn't much thought or design involved, although I'm sure there was.
With the ribbon added, the jarring differences and forcing us to us metro even when in desktop mode it it will be annoying to use. It's gotten more difficult in unnecessary ways. Metro is integrated into the desktop but it doesn't even blend well with the desktop. I just hope they really rethink it although I guess by now it's too late. It is what it is.