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What Windows 8 [Metro] Apps might be useful on a 24-inch monitor?

  1. #11


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    Answer to the OP: Fullscreen games Real-time games(not solitare) demand all of your attention, so they deserve to be fullscreen. Everything else is better in a window.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by CalBear View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It's too bad Metro is a one monitor only, full screen only GUI. IMHO its crippled right out of the box.
    Interesting comment since the thread is about apps taking up too much of the screen with too little information. I'm very happy with Windows 8 for getting some real work done using the desktop.
    On a large screen, especially if you only have the one screen, being able to resize a Metro App might be convenient. If you can't change the content at least you could make it easier to look at. Plus it would free up some screen space for a desktop program. The way it is now, if you only have one monitor, its metro or the desktop. You can't split screen them.
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    Lots of APPS are useful on a large screen monitor.
    Pinball, Television, Music Maker Jam, The Big Picture, Wikipedia, Reader etc... they are not resizable but can be snapped to the edge like thumbnails. And the desktop can be split screen with metro apps although limited to one size only snappy size. Not really a waste of space since they all run in their own space (it's safer and more technically efficient). They can be thumbed like a jump list - the same with the desktop - as a thumb to switch to.

    In a dual monitor setup, you could even have metro apps running on one monitor and the desktop on the other monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Lots of APPS are useful on a large screen monitor.
    Pinball, Television, Music Maker Jam, The Big Picture, Wikipedia, Reader etc... they are not resizable but can be snapped to the edge like thumbnails. And the desktop can be split screen with metro apps although limited to one size only snappy size. Not really a waste of space since they all run in their own space (it's safer and more technically efficient). They can be thumbed like a jump list - the same with the desktop - as a thumb to switch to.

    In a dual monitor setup, you could even have metro apps running on one monitor and the desktop on the other monitor.

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    Those are some really good examples of Windows 8 [Metro] wasting space on a large monitor. Use the whole thing for half a dozen items... crazy.
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    Sorry, I apologize, but I do not follow your line of reasoning. They seem quite useful to me. I was never a fan of clutter anyway.
    These new features are quite interesting for a few folks who appreciate them.
    Have a nice day.
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    Why on earth would "Wikipedia" need or want to be run full screen on a 24 in monitor?!?!?

    Well maybe if you had your Browser running at +6 font sizes because you were hard of seeing, but for everyone else... wasted screen real estate.

    And that's the beauty of the desktop, you can run any or all those apps full screen or not as the /user/ desires! Metro, no choice (Well a couple choices, both bad for multitasking).
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Sorry, I apologize, but I do not follow your line of reasoning. They seem quite useful to me. I was never a fan of clutter anyway.
    These new features are quite interesting for a few folks who appreciate them.
    Have a nice day.
    I guess some of us like clutter :-) I have about 60 small icons on the left side of one of my monitors with shortcuts to all my often used files and programs. They take up about 5% of one monitor hence 2.5% of my total screen area. Start Button.... what start button I mostly use it to get to Control Panel and that could be an icon too.
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