Thanks, whs, I missed that one in the mess of Tech emails I get everyday.
I'm gonna have to pay closer attention.
I'm siding with Ed Bott on this one (not just because I respect him immensely, mind you).
He said what I have mentioned on this forum a number of times. MS is seeking the smart phome and tablet market as well as the PC market and homogenizing the whole experience.
It will serve them well in the long run.
Why does Microsoft want to "fix" something that isn't broken? I bet that most users will feel so lost between the versions that they might just want to call their "person-that-knows-stuff-about-computers" and say they want their interface back from this ugliness and I would understand that. See how people have reacted to Vista because "it was different"? Ha! Expect that to happen again except that now it will be a bigger "WTF".
I still think Windows eight as this preview presents it will be more benefit to Micro$oft than the great majority of users with a PC. I don't view a tablet or a cell phone as a PC, but MS seems to want us to. If Metro will be a homogenous mix with a PC OS in the RTM, it will be much like bloatware OEM's add to their machines now.
Again, I disagree with the two posts above. Have y'all actually used the Metro Interface for any length of time?
I have. I like it. It flips to my main apps when I want it to but it's alway there when I run the mouse to the left side of the screen.
Seriously, MSFT is going in the right direction with this, IMHO.
Imagine the comfort you'll have when you pick up your smart phone or tablet and have, basically, the same interface.
Granted, a "full-fledged" PC will always have more options and more powerful programs ... for now ...
The problem is that MS is caught between a rock and a hard place. They have to go after this tablet/smartphone market to keep up with the crowd and to grow. On the other hand they have to eveolve the PC system.
The option of producing 2 seperate systems is probably prohibitive from a cost point of view. So I am afraid that we will have to live with this mush until they get some better ideas. But I have to agree; the current UI is awkward for a smooth operation with keyboard and mouse.
MS has the right general concept but to me the execution is pathetic. Maybe they'll improve it. My guess is it won't be improved well enough until Windows 9. Meantime, Metro can go to hell. You're correct that the phone, tablet and PC will have the same interface. You also won't be able to run the same apps on ARM devices and x86 PCs. Can't wait to see the faces on people who buy stuff not knowing this and find out after the fact. What about switching business to Windows 8? Business people care about business stuff, and maybe Metro can handle that for them well, but as I see it, Metro is for everything that will get you fired.
The more I use the Metro Start interface, the more I like it.
That's my experience and, from what I can see so far, I appear to be in the minority.
I can respect other's opinions but only after they've given the Metro Start a fair shake. I apologize for implying you haven't (I've got to be a bit more careful in the future how I word my responses - again, my apologies)
Their are two interfaces in Windows 8, not one. So their is nothing to suffer.why the desktop users have to suffers through this single focus interface?
I think you need to step back and take one giant chill pill.
Mikedl - no apology necessary, I'm not jumping down your throat, don't want to give you that impression myself. I've got no beef with anyone who likes it. Like I said, I'm glad to see MS thinking in this direction. It's just that I find Metro geared more toward a tablet or phone, plus I don't think it looks so hot. The other day I watched some video with Paul Thurrott, who said Metro was "beautiful" or "gorgeous" or something like that. In find it incredibly pedantic looking, like a bulletin board for 4th graders, bloatish, intrusive. I understand this is the developer preview, I know it's gonna be more mouse/keyboard friendly, etc., but they're gonna have to seriously overhaul this crap before it becomes useful to me. Other parts of 8 I love, just not Metro.