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Beautifying Metro

  1. #1


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Beautifying Metro


    Windows 8 appears retrograde, compared with 7 and Vista, which were both better looking OSs than previous versions, in particular, the Metro front-end which looks like the back end of a container terminal.

    So what can be done with more exciting backgrounds, skins and transparency for the tiles, 3-D effects, as well as sounds and animations on mouse-over (finger-over), and visual transitions from Metro to Desktop?

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  2. #2


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I agree we need a way to customize the Start screen. Whats available now is limited. I am sure there will be something available in the future. I like the new Start screen and with some beautification it will be better.

    Jim
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, interesting. I am just the opposite. I like my screen plain and simple - and readable. Animations distract me.


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  4. #4


    Posts : 131
    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64


    Re: quiem? or not?

    A scenario.

    I work at Microsoft windows division, a mid-level worker bee on the Metro task force.
    I browse the web a bit and notice those who understand customization have customized their Start Screen.

    Most notable, is that all Metro apps are removed. I sigh, I cry as I think and hope that an old adage comes true.

    "All things come, to those who wait?"
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  5. #5


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Most notable, is that all Metro apps are removed. I sigh
    Most Metro Apps don't work or have a crummy UI. If you make them work properly, I will put them back.
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  6. #6


    Nashville, TN
    Posts : 51
    Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Most notable, is that all Metro apps are removed. I sigh
    Most Metro Apps don't work or have a crummy UI. If you make them work properly, I will put them back.
    agreed the mail app doesn't seem to be fully compatible with gmail, the people app has poor facebook integration to the point where I can't even make a status update. The calender doesn't seem to work with well anything but itself. In the time it takes most metro apps to load I can be on the website. Now I do like the metro interface but most of the apps seem to be in an early alpha stage. I do imagine this will change as more 3rd party developers release their apps.
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  7. #7


    I am not lucky or unlucky enough to have one of the fancy touch screen devices and for sure unlucky enough to have a slow connection to the internet. So Best looking Metro for me would be a way to have the Windows 7 start screen instead of any Metro at all.

    It is hard for me to imagine the value of a very slow connection relating to touch screen and expect to continue using my desktop and my choice.
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  8. #8


    Nashville, TN
    Posts : 51
    Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by ThaiAm View Post
    I am not lucky or unlucky enough to have one of the fancy touch screen devices and for sure unlucky enough to have a slow connection to the internet. So Best looking Metro for me would be a way to have the Windows 7 start screen instead of any Metro at all.

    It is hard for me to imagine the value of a very slow connection relating to touch screen and expect to continue using my desktop and my choice.
    there has been a way to have this for a long time. stop using Windows 8 and go back to 7. Problem solved. If you have no use for the new features you have no need to upgrade new the newest iteration of a software.
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  9. #9


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here's a screenshot, if you like your apps square and blocky

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    The program is winver.exe from the original Windows NT v 3.10.

    I downloaded it from here:

    Index of /reactos/oldexebug

    There's a few games there that run rather faster than the XBOX apps too.
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  10. #10


    [QUOTE=valtonray
    there has been a way to have this for a long time. stop using Windows 8 and go back to 7. Problem solved. If you have no use for the new features you have no need to upgrade new the newest iteration of a software.[/QUOTE]

    Of course that is an option and in face I am still using Windows 7 as my main operating system. The capability I am asking for is the same as was released in the original Windows 8 a few months ago. I think there is more to Windows 8 than the Metro interface and do plan to continue to work with Windows 8 until it is functional in my environment.

    Thank you for such an enlightened suggestion.
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