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Metro at first, then, it's Desktop on the PC?

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    Metro at first, then, it's Desktop on the PC?


    I have been using 8 for since the Beta came out. I'm still skeptical about the Metro interface, but was willing to give it a try downloading a few apps, etc.

    What I found is that there are many apps, like news, etc. where you begin in Metro, but then switch to the regular desktop browser. This is also the case with IE10. You go into metro, then, suddenly, you're back in the old and familiar browser.

    If this is the way it is going to be, then METRO is a waste of time. I would think that for METRO to work it has to be 100% METRO all the time, no switching back and forth to the regular Desktop.

    I am curious to see how apps like Office, or Adobe Photoshop and the like will work in METRO, if at all.

    Looking forward to your comments, observations, etc.

    Peter

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    Metro is mostly to benefit tablet and phone users with touch screens. I think MS is trying to build an OS that is everything to everyone.

    I've been using it for several weeks now, and I have found little use for Metro on a laptop. It looks good and I sort of like the slide show through my pictures folder and the calender app. I think the concept is sound and it seems to work fine after they get the bugs out of some of the apps, but it's of little use for a desktop or laptop. At least to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcquicker View Post
    I have been using 8 for since the Beta came out. I'm still skeptical about the Metro interface, but was willing to give it a try downloading a few apps, etc.

    What I found is that there are many apps, like news, etc. where you begin in Metro, but then switch to the regular desktop browser. This is also the case with IE10. You go into metro, then, suddenly, you're back in the old and familiar browser.

    If this is the way it is going to be, then METRO is a waste of time. I would think that for METRO to work it has to be 100% METRO all the time, no switching back and forth to the regular Desktop.

    I am curious to see how apps like Office, or Adobe Photoshop and the like will work in METRO, if at all.

    Looking forward to your comments, observations, etc.

    Peter
    There are settings for Internet Explorer that control how links are opened. You can, for example, tell Metro IE to always open links in the desktop IE. It's also possible to choose to open links in the desktop IE on demand. You can check the current settings by opening the desktop IE and:

    1. Open Internet Options
    2. Select Programs
    3. Set "Choose how you open Links'
    4. Remove the check from the box "Open Internet Explorer Tiles on the Desktop" if present.

    Which News application are you using?
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    mcquicker, I run Win 8 with Lightroom & Photoshop and apart from my login, never see or use Metro on my desktop PC. Metro is for portables.
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    Yes, but what I mean is that some programs, including IE10, will revert back to Desktop on their own to view material on the web. So far, most apps are geared towards the regular desktop, but once they start designing them for Metro, my question is, will they work entirely on Metro or revert back to the regular Desktop?

    And I agree, Metro is for pads and telephones, because I can't see much use for it with serious work apps like Adobe PS, etc and WordPerfect, etc.
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    Ah well I haven't used any Metro Apps apart from Maps and Schedule so don't know. I thought IE10 had the option on startup to run in either mode or two instances could run, one in each mode (with seperate histories note). The first thing I did was ditch IE10 so can't test! (I am currently using Chrome).
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    Quote Originally Posted by thatmanbrian View Post
    Ah well I haven't used any Metro Apps apart from Maps and Schedule so don't know. I thought IE10 had the option on startup to run in either mode or two instances could run, one in each mode (with seperate histories note). The first thing I did was ditch IE10 so can't test! (I am currently using Chrome).
    Right, but even when IE10 is engaged, it will, on occasion, revert back to Desktop and take you out of Metro. That is what I'm talking about. If that is the way Metro is intended to work, then it is an abysmal waste of resources.

    However, if the apps are to run exclusively in Metro, then that's something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcquicker View Post
    Yes, but what I mean is that some programs, including IE10, will revert back to Desktop on their own to view material on the web. So far, most apps are geared towards the regular desktop, but once they start designing them for Metro, my question is, will they work entirely on Metro or revert back to the regular Desktop?

    And I agree, Metro is for pads and telephones, because I can't see much use for it with serious work apps like Adobe PS, etc and WordPerfect, etc.

    Can you provide any specific examples where a Metro application switches to the desktop voluntarily, I've not seen this happen, yet.
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    From my experience, if you click (tap) a link in a Metro app, it will open in the Metro IE10. Conversely, if you click (tap) a link in a desktop app, it will open in the full-fledged desktop IE10. This is the default behavior of IE when 8 is installed. In the Internet Options dialog, Programs tab, the first selection at the top is where this can be changed:

    Let Internet Explorer decide (the default behavior mentioned above)
    Always open in Internet Explorer (Metro IE10)
    Always open in Internet Explore on the desktop (self-explanatory)

    Hope this helps.

    John
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    apps are apps, all I know is that Wordament is so addictive that's it not even funny.
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