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Microsoft Designer Explains the Reasons for Bringing Metro

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    Microsoft Designer Explains the Reasons for Bringing Metro


    Windows 8 was launched with a very controversial Metro environment that caused quite a lot of confusion and made the operating system pretty difficult to use especially for beginners.

    Microsoft, however, hasn’t explained the reasons for making such a dramatic change in Windows 8, sticking instead to praising words which pointed out that the Start screen is a much better replacement for the traditional Start Menu.

    As Neowin recently spotted, a Microsoft UX designer took to Reddit to discuss about the Metro UI, pointing out that this new environment was specifically designed for simple tasks such as checking Facebook, photo viewing or web browsing.

    As far as the decision to make the Modern UI default in Windows 8, the designer, who posted on Reddit with the name “pwnies,” explained that Microsoft had to “force” users to see the Start screen because it needed them to discover the Metro UI. If the operating system was booting to desktop, just like its predecessors, nobody would have ever talked so much about Metro, he adds.

    “The short answer is because casual users don't go exploring. If we made desktop the default as it has always been, and included a nice little start menu that felt like home, the casual users would never have migrated to their land of milk and honey,” he said.
    Read the rest here:Microsoft Designer Explains the Reasons for Bringing Metro in Windows 8

    Another story on this:Windows 8 UX designer on Metro: "It is the antithesis of a power user"

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    Which merely proves what some of us have been saying all along.... that they deliberately foisted tifkam on us knowing full well it was unwanted. The very height of hubris.
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    As he explained, multiple desktops has been a feature that power users have been requesting for over a decade, and it is a feature that is available in GNU/Linux, OSX, and "even OS/2 Warp has it. But Windows doesn't."
    More proof that M$ does not listen to it users.
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    More like sour grapes & vinegar than milk & honey to me.
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    If we made desktop the default as it has always been, and included a nice little start menu that felt like home, the casual users would never have migrated to their land of milk and honey,” he said.
    He's right though. If it hadn't been default no-one would have noticed it - like mobility center for example. It's right there but does anyone use it?

    As for "milk and honey" I guess that turn of phrase was supposed to be funny.
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    Sometimes I wonder why Microsoft doesn't communicate more to its users.

    Then when they do and I hear what utter stupidity they are actually thinking I understand why.

    Of course if they were simply able to get their heads out of their a** their problems would be solved....
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    If we made desktop the default as it has always been, and included a nice little start menu that felt like home, the casual users would never have migrated to their land of milk and honey,” he said.
    He's right though. If it hadn't been default no-one would have noticed it - like mobility center for example. It's right there but does anyone use it?

    As for "milk and honey" I guess that turn of phrase was supposed to be funny.
    I think he means M$ land of milk and honey.(Bing,OneDrive,Apps store and M$ account)
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I think he means M$ land of milk and honey.(Bing,OneDrive,Apps store and M$ account)
    Well yes - I didn't assume he was making a literal biblical reference

    I've not got into Bing and Apps Store but the rest is fine for me except you can't backup SkyDrive using File History and MS account keeps deleting my wallpaper. None the less I prefer 8 to 7 now.
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    Unfortunately, Microsoft is still the day late when it comes to the trends. I sometimes think the whole crew is becoming senile.
    Okay, your casual user today uses their phone and if they desire a slightly bigger screen, Chromebook...or do it at work. Your power user is disabling everything to a bare shell and cussing if they can't. But who did they forget? Business and let us be honest, touch screen is not business friendly. Number one, led screens are not easy to clean and as far as I know the computer screen protectors available are not cheap nor big enough. Number two, if their programs would even be able to run on 8, they are not meant for touch screen. And number three, business still needs the numbers pad. The fourth, perhaps a bit off base, but the screen is not in the correct position to truly utilize touch screen, it should be flat on the desk, not upright (think phone here). But really now, does a business want all those useless tiles on the screens ie Netflex, Amazon, eBay? And remember, small businesses are the ones who basically "buy off the shelf". They do not have the luxury of the "programming" dept.

    Hopefully, with 9, Microsoft will remember the desktop user, but why do I think they won't?
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    LOL. Funny quote from the article.

    All the casual users would have their own new and shiny place to look at pictures of cats
    Nothing new about that. MS made it perfectly clear they were sacrificing productivity for Fbook users.

    It isn't the whole truth though.

    The question is why?

    (That is rhetorical, we all know where MS wants to take the users ).
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