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  1. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh I know, tile placement is sometimes a crapshoot for me. It doesn't flow as it should and logically should.

    I like to use some metro apps on my desktop like Weather or USA Today or Tom's Hardware or Finance or Newegg's app. Since installing the Release Preview, I've been doing about 40/60 with metro and Desktop. I don't use the Desktop for content consuming so much, so I use the immersive IE 10. I have apps installed that take internet content and delivers it in a nice metro styled way WITHOUT the useless adverting as of now.

    I use the Desktop for programs that are creation apps like AVS Audio Editor, Photoshop, Office, and I use programs to copy game .iso's and I use Windows Explorer for file management and enjoy the new Ribbon UI for that. It really comes down to how you use the UI. I have no issue with metro apps or the Start Screen and don't find it as an impediment but more a versatile interface IF the user makes it such.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I think the metro apps are nice, but sort of clunky with mouse and keyboard. Maybe after I get used to them, I will come around, but for now.. clunky... I still say that the start menu was designed for people who like Rainbow Bright colors, even the pic that was posted is just a night time version of the same thing. The lack of customization given ruins what could be a great thing. If we had the power to really customize the start screen, make it something unique, where everything we do on our machines existed at a single click or touch, and if we got a warm fuzzy every time we went there because it looked like something we ourselves could take pride in, then I believe many of the haters would come around tomorrow. As it stands now, sorry. Nice idea, but failed implementation. Oh well.. Won't be long before developers get a hold of it and capitalize on this logic, if they can stomach it long enough to code what is needed.
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  3. #13


    I like the way that WRP permits metro apps to be closed when you move the cursor to the top left corner of the screen in desktop mode
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  4. #14


    Posts : 116
    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet


    Coke Robot posted
    Also, Windows 8 brings a new way to interact with the mouse, like hot corners.
    Idea good, implementation bad.
    I don't how big the hot spot is 1 or 2 pixels and when in dual monitor desktop mode it defaults to far right of the right hand monitor, 3840 pixels away. Should you wish to get to the charms menu you really have to use win-key c.
    Joe public will not like having to memorize short-cut keys to get around the various implementation short-comings that currently exist.
    Last edited by besb; 06 Jul 2012 at 14:21. Reason: spelling
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  5. #15


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by besb View Post
    Coke Robot posted
    Also, Windows 8 brings a new way to interact with the mouse, like hot corners.
    Idea good, implementation bad.
    I don't how big the hot spot is 1 or 2 pixels and when in dual monitor desktop mode it defaults to far right of the right hand monitor, 3840 pixels away. Should you wish to get to the charms menu you really have to use win-key c.
    Joe public will not like having to memorize short-cut keys to get around the various implementation short-comings that currently exist.
    Also, since they enlarged them, I now find that I hit the charms menu hotspot in the upper right when what I am REALLY trying to do is hit the X button for a full screen app. :/ I frequently set off the aero peek hot corner which was annoying, now we got hot corners everywhere and they aren't just a pixel in size any more either, they actually cover up areas of the screen or applications we are trying to get to with the mouse.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by besb View Post
    Coke Robot posted
    Also, Windows 8 brings a new way to interact with the mouse, like hot corners.
    Idea good, implementation bad.
    I don't how big the hot spot is 1 or 2 pixels and when in dual monitor desktop mode it defaults to far right of the right hand monitor, 3840 pixels away. Should you wish to get to the charms menu you really have to use win-key c.
    Joe public will not like having to memorize short-cut keys to get around the various implementation short-comings that currently exist.
    I'm not sure that Joe Public has dual monitors...

    But overall, I would bet that the RTM has will have better dual monitor support like how the Release Preview has done.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 288
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9


    I have to agree that Metro apps need a proper visible close (x) button on the top right corner, makes exiting the app much more obvious for the average Joe than dragging towards the bottom and a minimize button to minimize an app would be a great addition too. Also a single click or touch on an (x) button on the upper right corner is much easier than dragging. Having a close button will surely be an advantage over those of iPhone, iPad or Android apps. When Sinofsky demoed the Surface, it was a pain for me to watch him pressing the button on the bottom of Surface everytime to exit an app only to have it suspended in the background and the Metro IE even froze, not responding so he had to grab a backup Surface unit. Not all people like hotspots too.

    Also, how hard can it be to make a picture as a background on the Metro screen without using third party tools? The competitors have that feature so why not add that natively rather than just those colored background schemes? Also, customizable color schemes will be fun too so that people can really tone those colors to their liking.
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