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Poll: Basic Preferences--Using Metro Interface 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. #41


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    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.
    I think you can only say you can do most things in Metro if you include those things that automatically pop you over to the desktop. Even several built-in Microsoft administrative tasks pop you over to a desktop application. When it all boils down, there are a handful of Metro-ized versions of some good desktop apps (some of reasonable ease of use, some of no real benefit or even reduced functionality) which could just as well be run on the desktop. There are some Metro apps that are quite nice in Metro. But I'm not sure there are any apps that functionally provide anything you can't get out of the desktop (as opposed to vice versa). I think this is what mainly drives the trend toward desktop preference. Metro is more of a sideshow for people trying to do really work on a PC. And those who are much less PC literate and just want to do media consumption, do OK until they hit one of those cases where it wants to jump to the desktop, and they get confused as to why it's doing that.

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  2. #42


    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 mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    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.
    I think you can only say you can do most things in Metro if you include those things that automatically pop you over to the desktop.
    I appreciate your comment. Repeating your quote:

    "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."

    So, I think we should focus on part of what I said: You can do a great many tasks (perhaps virtually all) using metro to some extent ...."

    In this regard, the "using metro to some extent" part can be extraordinarily small in comparison to a whole task. For example, let's say I want to make a very very complex movie. I could invoke my movie program from the start screen and never return to metro in doing this task--which would include a huge number of steps. But, here I would be giving a pretty much infinitesimal amount of credit to metro for getting the task done. This sentence was difficult to word given what all I wanted to say in it.

    Thanks again for your comment and for reading along.
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  3. #43


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I found this to be a very interesting survey and discussion, znod. Thanks for posting it.
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  4. #44


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    You are very welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Last edited by znod; 15 Jan 2013 at 07:36.
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  5. #45


    Posts : 46
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 8.1 Pro Preview 64-bit


    I must say I prefer to use the desktop for pretty much everything. The programs/apps I use most often are meant to run on the desktop, not Metro. However, I do like to use Metro to access my apps. Much easier to keep it organized and uncluttered than the old Start Menu. And I also don't have to clutter my desktop up with icons. Also, I like the iHeartRadio, Netflix, Kindle, and Weather Metro apps. Now, if only Spotify would come out with a Metro app for their player. I'd love that.

    I use to use the messaging app in Metro to talk to my girlfriend and others on facebook. But, it kept having issues to I ended up just uninstalling that app along with the ones that came with it that I never used.
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  6. #46


    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.
    I use a computer for, and spend the vast majority of my waking hours doing Oracle / PeopleSoft development, customization, upgrade and support. I really doubt that Oracle is drinking the Microsoft kool aid, looking like the kid in Home Alone shouting "Oh my God, we must convert all our enterprise application development and database management tools to the Metro UI or the company is doomed". I say this tongue in cheek so please don't be offended but I think you know where I'm coming from.

    Jeff
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  7. #47


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Actually, Oracle *IS* drinking the mobile Kool-Aid.

    They have made a number of announcements about mobile applications development on their new platform.
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  8. #48


    Proceed governor.
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  9. #49


    Strongly prefer desktop!
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  10. #50


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    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
    Good one Ray. I'd make that call: "Owzat!" Reply: "Clean bowled, neck and crop!"

    When will they ever learn. But then some people can't see the Desktop forest for the Metro tree.

    Like the lone voice of a lost soul on the Titanic, (Metro), crying out to those in the life boats, (Desktop), to come back ... that they're all on the wrong boat! And only he is right! While all around him the water rises!
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