A new study that measures app usage on Windows 8 PCs finds that Metro style apps are gaining traction slowly. But a surprising result suggests that app developers who deliberately break Microsoft's design guidelines are most likely to win users over.My take: hiding all the options from the user is a bad thing. Showing stuff on the screen is good.Yahoo’s app snubs Microsoft’s user experience guidelines for Metro style apps, with a large logo and a command bar along the top of the screen. When you’re reading a message, there are prominent buttons to reply to a message, delete it, or search your mailbox. Microsoft’s built-in apps, by contrast, force the user to find the hidden search charm, and most other options are hidden on a command bar that only appears when you swipe from the bottom of the screen or right-click.
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