In Windows 7 my main programs that I use almost every day were pined to my taskbar. It wasn't a big deal to go to the start menu and look for something I only used once in a while. If you just type into the search bar its pretty quick to find something obscure. It doesn't get in my way when I don't need it and its there when I do.
In Windows 8 my main programs that I use every day are on the main Metro screen. Metro is there when I first boot up. That's OK but it immediately disappears once I launch Outlook or IE. Every time I want to open another program I have to hit the Windows key or hunt for the tile in the corner of the screen to get it back. Even if you open it again, as soon as you change focus (I have dual monitors) it disappears again. Kind of makes the live tiles useless don't you think? I like having the taskbar across both monitors and having the Icon for that program on the monitor its open on, so I have resisted pinning any programs to my taskbar. You can only pin them to the taskbar on your main screen. It you do that though and open a program on your second monitor you end up with the icon on both taskbars/monitors? At this point I'm ready to just start pinning things back to my taskbar and avoiding metro as much as I can. Sometimes I feel like there are two operating systems running on my PC at the same time each one fighting the other.
Last edited by alphanumeric; 06 Jun 2012 at 08:48.
Fair comment.Sometimes I feel like there are two operating systems running on my PC at the same time each one fighting the other.
Microsoft should be listening more to the users.
Windows 8 would be (I think) better if they:
1) kept the Windows 7 start menu
added the option:
2) to switch to classic menu
3) to be able to detach or float the ORB
4) to resize the taskbar horizontally
5) to float the taskbar
6) to flip the taskbar and put the ORB on the bottom right and the tray on the left
7) to boot to desktop.
Also, they should rename the metro to the APP page or something like that.
(and not add installed programs to the metro UI)
Using the metro for Apps only !!
...And made the metro Internet Explorer flash, silverlight and plug-in friendly.
Last edited by mdmd; 06 Jun 2012 at 17:15.
If MS had taken a desktop centric view of their desktop OS, live tiles would have been something you could put ON your desktop like a gadget so, like gadgets, you could monitor them all the time with no flipping back and forth, then you could click on it to open it and that open Metro app could be sized and places anywhere on screen just like any other window.
Then in Tablet mode it would work as it does now.
Tablet mode and Desktop mode are vastly different things on vastly different hardware with vastly different purposes. A far better Win8 interface would have realised that and blended Metro INTO the desktop for desktop windows machines.
I wouldn't mind Metro if it would just window like a regular Windows program. I'd like to be able to just pull it up and keep it up, and open another program on top of it without it disappearing if I want. Or even change focus to another app/screen without it disappearing.
There is definitely a lot of room for improvement.
It's not a question of whether you like Windows 8 or not. Some will, some won't.
The problem is very simply stated. It's obvious that Windows 8 is aimed at the tablet, touch phone market, at the expense of the serious desk top user.
Microsoft are economizing by having one operating system for all platforms: Desk top, laptop, tablet, note book and touch phone. Which pretty much makes all discussions in this forum of operating system format academic.
And all versions of Windows 8 prior to retail are simply promoting their primary push into the tablet, and more importantly, touch phone market.
M$ have simply become a corporate profit making company so the $$$$ logically come first; as opposed to the pioneering spirit of Bill Gates who cut his teeth building back yard experimental computer stuff, and was a true geek at heart.
Yesterday I spent over $1,000 buying parts to build a new computer as a birthday present for my elder son. And I bought him Windows 7 Ultimate. That's the first Win8 sale that didn't happen, because I had budgetted that money to build a new rig for the Win8 when the retail released. Since that wasn't gonna happen, and I had to build something, my son became the benificary of my geekish compulsiveness! In fact a free upgrade to Win8 retail when released was offered as part of the deal. Now that's desperation! My son took it, but only for his tablet.
On the other hand, with Metro, if your start menu is maxed out you must have 30 or 40 pages of tiles. And scrolling through that would be a nightmare, surely?
Answering your question re my preferences:
No it's not just the fact it doesn't go to desktop first. It's the fact that metro is totally useless for serious desktop users who multi-function, for reasons stated in many other places on this forum.
The second most important aggrevation is the fact that it is forced on you, when you don't want to use it. And unless you have a hacked legacy start menu, or umpteem desktop icons, and your taskbar pinning maxed out, you will either have to go off the desktop to Metro and back every time you open a new program. Blaaaahhh!
The most unacceptable aspect is the bloody minded attitude of Microsoft in refusing to consider offering any options to their army of legacy windows desk top users.
Last edited by poppa bear; 07 Jun 2012 at 06:37.
loving it can't wait to final release