Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Jun 2011 17:19 UTC
Windows Four years ago, July 2007, Microsoft released the first few tidbits of information about Windows 7. Vista had just been shipped, and it wasn't received well - both by critics and the marketplace. During these days, I argued that for Windows 7, Microsoft ought to scrap the Vista userland, and build an entirely new interface and userland on top of Windows NT, while maintaining a 'classic' Windows version on the side for business and other reluctant folk who want to see the 'new' Windows mature a little bit first. While they didn't do this with Windows 7, they are doing exactly this with Windows 8. Ladies and gentlemen, Windows 8 is the first 'cut the legacy'-release we've all been waiting for - and Microsoft couldn't have picked a better time.
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Comment by Shane
by Shane on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 01:41 UTC
Shane
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Thom, good article. I like what I'm seeing.

The problem I've always had with Microsoft software - and this flows down to third party software on their platforms - is the mindless UI decisions that favoured buttonitis. They made a ribbon interface so that they could fit more buttons onto the screen for pete's sake.

Metro is a breath of fresh air. It couldn't be more different from the old Microsoft UI philosophy. It's minimal, sometimes to extremes. Some buttons don't even look like buttons - they are just text, more like hyperlinks.

As a user, I applaud this move by Microsoft. However, as a developer, I'll wait until we see the API before passing judgement.

Edited 2011-06-03 01:49 UTC

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