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I have an idea to change the way we look at Metro UI, need programmer.

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    I have an idea to change the way we look at Metro UI, need programmer.


    Microsoft thinks of the Metro UI as the Desktop, and the Desktop as an application.

    I want to modify this way of thinking and put it back to how it should be.

    I want to when you login, go to the desktop, I know there is already a registry tweak for this. And I want to add back a start button. But when you hit this start button I want to bring up the metro UI. But not completely full screen. I want to leave the taskbar at the bottom, so you can still easily switch between your open apps.

    Doing this creates the feel of a full screen customizable Start Menu, rather than a whole new (crappy) interface we have to learn. It would make live tiles more useful in my eyes too. You could potentially even have the Metro apps work this way too, so you arent taken off the desktop into the new interface, but still interacting with it in a way both users and forseeably microsoft would approve.

    This idea came when I was theming my own ViStart start menu, and my friend said he wished he could have a larger start menu that was more customizable, in terms of sorting and viewing. And this just sort of hit me.

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    Windows 7/8


    Well that would be nice actually, along with live tiles and fully resizable/movable metro apps allowed on the desktop. It would help to merge the two interfaces into one powerful desktop interface that can run desktop and metro apps side by side when you want/need to. (And I mean more than 2)

    But that is clearly NOT Microsoft's plan. So nothing like this is likely to be done.
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    1st PC: Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail. 2nd PC: Vista Ulimtate 32bit OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Well that would be nice actually, along with live tiles ...

    But that is clearly NOT Microsoft's plan. So nothing like this is likely to be done.
    Unfortunately it's a dead issue because Microsoft are set in concrete on Metro, so there's nothing really to discuss except to speculate on what might have been.

    Which regretably for this little black duck makes the forum redundant.
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    7 Ultimate with a little bit of 8


    Its a shame they seem to be pushing so far in one direction
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    I just wish they would have given us a more exciting tablet interface. These live tiles is really just another way of saying large icons with information like their previous widgets. A desktop solution for the removal of the start button would be nice. There are things that definitely needed change but overall the start menu was good way to navigate tools and search for stuff especially when I only want to see desktop tools and be able to pin icons to my taskbar instead of heading over to the start screen only to open it in the desktop just to pin it. For me it's just been much harder to navigate the desktop since their is nothing that makes the navigation easier in desktop mode. I don't want to go into metro just to go back into the desktop that makes no sense. But these are just my opinions and I don't speak for everyone.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Well that would be nice actually, along with live tiles and fully resizable/movable metro apps allowed on the desktop. It would help to merge the two interfaces into one powerful desktop interface that can run desktop and metro apps side by side when you want/need to. (And I mean more than 2)

    But that is clearly NOT Microsoft's plan. So nothing like this is likely to be done.
    Yes to all of the above, even the last part sadly. .

    Actually I'd be happy if it would just stay open when I switch focus to a program on my second monitor. If you run any non metro program, as soon as you switch focus to it, metro disappears. It would be much better if it stayed open and let me open another window on top of it. Also I have two 19 inch LCD displays, unfortunately 4:3 @ 1280x1024 = no Metro Snap.
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