It's a question that has the same answer as just almost any other regarding Windows 8 really. MS is betting the farm on touch devices, and they don't care at all if it harms the traditional desktop experience. After all, they're thinking that even if you really hate Windows 8 and stay with Windows 7, they can live with that. PCs are going to come with Win8 preinstalled no matter what, and enterprises who have recently migrated to Win7 or are in the middle or doing so were likely to skip Windows 8 anyway.
And yes, I spend nearly all my time in the customer preview in the standard desktop where my old tried-n-true applications run. It's just that for those with older PCs on Windows 7 with insufficient screen resolution for the Metro snap apps feature, there really isn't a whole lot of incentive to upgrade to Windows 8. Windows 7 has been rock solid for most, and if it ain't broke don't fix it.
I've tried nearly all of the free Metro apps, and at this point they are not impressive to the point of being ponderous. Everything inside them uses far too much screen real estate which requires constant scrolling left/right to get anything accomplished. This is not true of similar apps on my iPad2 which are far more usable. In particular one of the apps runs on my PC and my iPad as well as in Metro, and the Metro app seriously pales in appearance and usability with many features missing. Of course I understand this was certainly a first attempt and will likely be fine with the final release of Windows 8.
At least it is nice to know that should I upgrade to a new Windows 8 PC/tablet I could have multiple Metro apps side by side. An improvement over my iPad which is one app on screen at a time. What I do like with Metro is the "live" icons where available like weather and the stock market.
How about adding a clock/date somewhere on the Metro UI that stays fixed when you scroll?
Last edited by BobLenx; 10 Mar 2012 at 09:52.
My PC is soon a dinosaur
First the consoles kills PC gaiming, now that almost every new game is a "ported consol-game" which not make use of the horsepower in my PC. Well, many of the new games has had a graphic layer over, but poorly programmed, so my graphic card is at hard work, but ram, CPU, aso does allmost nothing while gaming.
Now this Metro interface ... it is as a ported game, it is deffently NOT using space and hardware fully out, but as with "consol" games, we just have to face, that PC is on a downhill, and it is going faster and faster, most because of tablets and smartphones and consoles. As Einstein said "Make it as simple as possible but no simpler than that". IMHO Metro is too simple in its shape and function on a desktop PC right now.
I am an old man, and I enjoy sitting in my "gamer room" with my Recaro car-chair running racing games, and also use my PC to make drawings, photo editing and some other interests with my wired 50/50 mbit internet, with my door closed. That is a joke to use a tabletPC for these things.
Microsoft goes on a charm offensive
As Windows waves goodbye to ease of use
SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has gone into some detail about some of the most obvious changes in the look and feel of the Windows 8 user interface.
A long Microsoft blog post goes into some detail about the apparently subtle changes that are supposed to speed things up and make things easier to do in Windows 8. We are not convinced.
Full article at:
Microsoft goes on a charm offensive - The Inquirer
So there is an argument to be made, even if you choose to dismiss it because you personally don't care about it.
What do you really do with the Start menu in Win7 - few people use it to start programs, but even if you do, the new start menu is just as good. And All Apps is certainly easier to use than All Programs. Search is the same. So where is the problem.I don't see why the start menu has been replaced by an interface which makes sense only for tablets,