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Poll: Basic Preferences--Using Metro Interface vs Desktop

View Poll Results: Basic Preferences: Using "Metro vs Desktop

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  • I have a strong general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    6 7.23%
  • I have a strong general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    56 67.47%
  • I have a medium general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    5 6.02%
  • I have a medium general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    9 10.84%
  • I have a weak general preference for using “metro” over using the desktop.

    0 0%
  • I have a weak general preference for using the desktop over using “metro.”

    0 0%
  • I have no have no general preference as described above.

    7 8.43%
  1. #31


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Who says all your software will always run on under the desktop? Tomorrow you might discover a Metro app that is useful to you, but without even bothering to check.. you'll never know.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Who says all your software will always run on under the desktop? Tomorrow you might discover a Metro app that is useful to you, but without even bothering to check.. you'll never know.
    While many software manufacturers, like Adobe, have ported some of their programs to run on lesser devices (variations of Photoshop, for example), it's highly unlikely that the desktop flavours that require horsepower to run will disappear from the desktop.

    There are a number of apps that I already like, but because I cannot run them reconfigured (sized and position) on my second monitor, I find it pointless to go to the start page just to view them, when I could utilise them far better, given the opportunity.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    How is it that you ALWAYS seem to completely miss the point Ray?
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  4. #34


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    How is it that you ALWAYS seem to completely miss the point Ray?
    That's because you're all standing on your heads. This is how the world really looks:

    Click image for larger version
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  5. #35


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1


    I'm getting used to Metro but at the moment prefer the desktop.
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  6. #36


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    How is it that you ALWAYS seem to completely miss the point Ray?
    That's because you're all standing on your heads. This is how the world really looks:

    Click image for larger version
    10/10, Ray! Good one! Wenda.
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  7. #37


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Despite my love of "Metro UI" on Windows Phone, when I use Windows 8 on my desktop, I hardly ever use the "metro" side of it. Basically treat it like an upgraded 7.
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  8. #38


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I only use metro when I have to.
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  9. #39


    Dresden, Germany
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 64bit


    Until now I haven't found any reason or any App to use Metro UI on my desktop PC. I'm using Classic Shell to launch desktop mode. Maybe Metro UI is suitable on tablet.

    Chris
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  10. #40


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    There is a great deal of discussion here that, to me, is based on basic preferences for using "metro" over the desktop or vice versa. Personally, I am very interested in knowing more about the related strength-classes into which your preferences fall. In this regard, I know that the desktop might be considered to be part of the overall "metro" interface. But, for purposes of this poll, I am dichotomizing the Windows 8 interface into: (1) "metro" and (2) the desktop. I think you will understand what I am getting at using this dichotomy without additional explanation.

    I hope that those responding to my poll will have a substantive basis for expressing a basic preference (or lack thereof) of one of the types described in my possible poll responses. My poll results might generalize to the member population on the Windows 8 Forums, but that is unclear since the respondents are not necessarily from what might be characterized as a random sample. And, there is no a priori reason to expect that my poll's results will generalize to any other particular larger population (e.g., Windows 8 users in the U.S., Windows 8 users in the U.S. and Europe, etc.).

    There is no "right" set of reasons for preferring "metro" to the desktop or vice versa. Feel free to express the reasons for your preferences hopefully after responding the poll.

    In discussing your reasons, I hope that you will avoid the obvious sorts of questionable uses of words that many of us have engaged in on some of our topic threads. In general, let's just avoid the sorts of acrimony that have been so widespread on prior threads dealing with Windows 8 merits and demerits, etc., etc.

    Edit: Oops, the last poll response should have said "have no" not "have no have no," but I imagine you figured that out.
    At this point, I am adding my inferences related to your reasons for the preferences expressed in your poll responses. I may mention some things that are not explicitly mentioned in your poll-related discussion, but mostly I have tried to base my inferences on things at least alluded to previously. I hope that you will elaborate on your inferences about the reasons for the preferences expressed via the poll--even if you did not participate in the poll. Below are my inferences. Given new poll responses and discussion from this point, I'll eventually update my inferences, depending .... At this point, there have been 46 poll responses with the related percents being: 2.17%, 71.74%, 6.52%, 8.70%, 0%, 0%, and 10.87%. Totals = 80.44 percent expressing a general preference for using the desktop over metro; 8.69 percent expressing a general preference for using metro over the desktop; and 10.87% having no general preference along these lines.

    Preferences for Using Metro over the Desktop:

    1. You can do a great many tasks (perhaps virtually all) using metro to some extent even though almost all significant things done in relation to the vast majority of the tasks must be done on the desktop and a relatively huge number of tasks can be done using the desktop exclusively. Nevertheless, one reason an individual might report a general preference for using metro over the desktop is that he/she likes metro so well (e.g., because of its design, newness, or direction, etc., etc.) that he/she tries to maximize its use whether or not necessary in regard to doing many many things.

    2. An individual might spend most of his computing time using apps that run in metro. This situation might provide a reason for an individual reporting a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    3. An individual might have in mind cases where uninvolved tasks can be done both exclusively using metro and exclusively using the desktop (e.g., viewing photos, reading the news, and checking the weather) and like the metro way better. Such a case might provide a reason for an individual reporting a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    4. An individual might focus on app selection and like the metro start screen approach to app selection better than using the desktop approach whether or not using options like 3rd-party software to simulate, for example, having the Win7 start menu. This scenario might provide a reason for an individual reporting a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    5. The individual might have a touch-screen computer—which might provide a reason for him/her reporting a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    6. Combinations of 1 through 5 might provide a reason for an individual to express a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    Preference for Using the Desktop over Metro:

    1. Metro might be viewed as being of very limited usefulness in regard to accomplishing many tasks (perhaps virtually all). In this case, an individual might have a reason for expressing a general preference for using the desktop over metro.

    2. Metro might be viewed generally as being comparatively inefficient in accomplishing the same tasks. In this case, an individual might have a reason for expressing a general preference for using the desktop over metro.

    3. Metro might be viewed as imposing something unnecessary and generally inefficient (i.e., possibly a phone or tablet type interface) on top of a very acceptable operating system. This scenario might provide a reason for an individual to report a general preference for using the desktop over metro.

    4. Combinations of 1 through 3 might provide a reason for an individual to express a general preference for using metro over the desktop.

    No General Preference for Using Metro or the Desktop:

    An individual might just do what feels good or what is necessary to accomplish a certain task. In some cases the desktop might be used exclusively; in some cases metro might be used exclusively; and in some cases using a combination of the two might be used. Under this scenario, an individual might express having no general preference for using metro or the desktop.
    Last edited by znod; 14 Jan 2013 at 12:32.
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