Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Sep 2011 22:20 UTC
Windows This is mandatory listening and watching material for understanding the design methodology and ideas behind the Metro interface in Windows 8 (and thus, Windows Phone 7). All this sounds great in theory, and Jensen Harris, one of the minds behind Metro, is clearly passionate about it - and I love people who are passionate about their work. It's just that to me, the Metro UI doesn't seem to work very well for actual work. I want window management! I'm taking all this into account for an article on Metro in the Developer Preview. Stay tuned.
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Please exaplain to Thom and myself how you are:-

Going to use two applications at the same time without lots more mous clicks. I see that Metro does not allow overlapping windows. Many, many businesses (to same money etc) cut/paste data from one app into another. Those users will be mightily peed off if that previously simple task is suddenly made a whole lot more difficult all in the name of progress...


Where I work, our customer service people have at least three apps open all the time. One to record the call and two to help them give instant diagnosis etc. With metro I see us going back to the days of dumb terminals (one screen at a time). I can fondly remember being told to 'hold on while I get to that screen' many times. Progress! Pah Fiddlesticks.

These people are measured on the numbers of calls they can handle per hour. This affects their income. They are going to be mightliy pissed off if 'the new system' reduced their income through no fault of their own...

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