So no, it's not the same thing at all, W8 brings a whole new level of "It's not really your PC" to windows
MS has provided a lot of NEW customization. For instance, the ability to use different wallpapers for each screen in a multi-monitor configuration, and the ability to customize start and lock screens.
The old start menu was always customisable. The new start screen is not as customisable as it should be and less customisable overall than the old start menu.
For every one they added, they took 5 away.
That sounds great. Glad you managed to make it the way you like. ... Those who read the telemetry at Microsoft must be desperate while looking at the way users are modifying the Start Screen in a way they never thought it could be. In a way they didn't expect and that was not intended for the Metro users.Originally Posted by Coke R
Believe me or not, but a couple of years ago I had the idea of creating an app launcher similar to Metro, sorry The W8 Start Screen, in HTA. (I consider myself a specialist in HTA and VBScript thought not professionaly, it's more a hobby). The idea was to launch operations more advanced than just poping up a software. For instance: Launching 2 apps that I often use toghether immediately, launching an app and sending key strokes, showing options to open them, etc, and it would have large squares with a symbol or a picture to click on and a few words beneath it to explain what it does. Quite like the W8 Start Screen realy. Then my use on the computer changed, I had less time for this, and I didn't do it. And now Microsoft did it! With a little difference: You can't turn it off (or you have to hack the system) and my version would have a YES/NO dialog box at every start asking wether you want to launch it or not. And that was the idea of having even a dialog box poping up everytime when I start my computer and that it could grow boring which cooled me off.
What is metro? Not just an app launcher.
I think this thing has a lot of stuff that I do not need. That's Ok. Someone else will have a need of it (more features) or use it in ways that they consider important. I just use it as a desktop computer. The metro has some nice apps. (A new one - Clock ) No phone social technologies needed here. No Clouds, No Skype, etc... yikes ... sorry Fred
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Yes, I know. Of course Metro is more than an app launcher... But it won't change my life.... ...Still, I'm sure I can do a similar UI in HTA which will shows web-based infos on the fly on the tiles in a matter of hours. (ok, + 2 days to finish it up and correct the bugs)