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  1. #11


    Posts : 2
    W8 Release Preview - Build 8400


    It's interesting to see everyones thoughts on this.

    What I was thinking was that something like this would provide a simplified yet functional and strong desktop experience. As it is now, the separate Metro/Desktop interfaces feel sloppy and tacked on. It's nice to have the normal desktop there, but it is really cumbersome to have to switch back and forth between Metro and Desktop constantly.

    Due to the direction Microsoft has taken with the Desktop, and it's current implementation, it wouldn't be needed at all if they gave Metro some sort of task bar and allowed you to open regular windowed apps there as well. Of course I'd imagine they would make it flow a bit more with Metro, rather than just slap on the Windows 7 task bar like I did.

    It would come down to being a "normal" desktop experience and you would have your usual control over the desktop, but instead of desktop icons you would pin your programs/folders Metro style, and have access to the Metro apps/widgets.
    Last edited by Xydin; 12 Jul 2012 at 19:04.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yep, that's why Windows 8 is called Windows Reimagined. The traditional Taskbar has been split onto the left and right sides of the screen while the traditional Desktop has morphed into the Start Screen. If the apps could window, which I have a feeling in the future they might, that will signal the end of the traditional Desktop interface, but this is far, far, from now.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yep, that's why Windows 8 is called Windows Reimagined. The traditional Taskbar has been split onto the left and right sides of the screen while the traditional Desktop has morphed into the Start Screen. If the apps could window, which I have a feeling in the future they might, that will signal the end of the traditional Desktop interface, but this is far, far, from now.
    If windows had been truly "reimagined" it would be more like what the OP and I were describing. Windows has not been reimagined, it's had a cheap tail fin and plastic air scoop bolted onto it in an ungainly way. :/
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  4. #14


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


    No sorry. I don't like the Metro screen on the same place as my Desktop. I mean, it could now cover my wallpaper and I could accidentally click on an app and have it running when I don't want to when I tap into the Desktop that I am used to as mostly free space.
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  5. #15


    I do like Windows 8 and metro but I dont understand why they didn't include the start button on the desktop along with the metro UI.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by ChotaDon View Post
    I do like Windows 8 and metro but I dont understand why they didn't include the start button on the desktop along with the metro UI.
    Because if they did leave the desktop with a start button the majority of users would never use metro and MS couldn't push its tablet agenda forward.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ChotaDon View Post
    I do like Windows 8 and metro but I dont understand why they didn't include the start button on the desktop along with the metro UI.
    It's a purity of vision thing. If they kept the Start Button, no one would use Metro, and they would not achieve their foolish consistency with mobile devices. The only reason Metro exists on the desktop is to achieve that foolish consistency, which gets Microsoft into the app business for everything you do on your PC. As with Zune, there will be a few enthusiastic early adopters, but it is going to be a massive failure on the PC and probably in the mobile space as well. People will see how badly it sucks on the PC, and the bad rep will stink up the mobile space. Windows 8 will come to represent a lost half-decade or more for Microsoft. There is no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 for the vast majority of people and endless reasons to stay put.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ChotaDon View Post
    I do like Windows 8 and metro but I dont understand why they didn't include the start button on the desktop along with the metro UI.
    It's a purity of vision thing. If they kept the Start Button, no one would use Metro, and they would not achieve their foolish consistency with mobile devices. The only reason Metro exists on the desktop is to achieve that foolish consistency, which gets Microsoft into the app business for everything you do on your PC. As with Zune, there will be a few enthusiastic early adopters, but it is going to be a massive failure on the PC and probably in the mobile space as well. People will see how badly it sucks on the PC, and the bad rep will stink up the mobile space. Windows 8 will come to represent a lost half-decade or more for Microsoft. There is no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 for the vast majority of people and endless reasons to stay put.
    It's also a design issue because when a metro app is snapped on the left of the Desktop, the Start button on the Desktop gets pushed over 1/3 on the screen, resulting in it being in a non-traditional place. If that's going to happen, might as well move it. That's what happened. The Start tile on the Taskbar is there, but the new Start button actually just got moved to the right hand side of the screen, no one ever removed from Windows 8.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yep, that's why Windows 8 is called Windows Reimagined. The traditional Taskbar has been split onto the left and right sides of the screen while the traditional Desktop has morphed into the Start Screen. If the apps could window, which I have a feeling in the future they might, that will signal the end of the traditional Desktop interface, but this is far, far, from now.
    If windows had been truly "reimagined" it would be more like what the OP and I were describing. Windows has not been reimagined, it's had a cheap tail fin and plastic air scoop bolted onto it in an ungainly way. :/
    If Windows 8 was as the post suggests, it would really just be a plastic air scoop and a cheap tail pin pinned and gummed onto it. I don't know, keeping the UI the exact same with one change doesn't seem really reinvented...
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  10. #20


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 pre-release


    To me, the technology preview and the current pre-release version indicate a software that is still in beta. I think it is logical that things could change and become more polished before the official release date, the first service pack and the arrival of the Server version.
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