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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Deliberate Incompatibility?
by Alfman on Fri 16th Sep 2011 20:23 UTC
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2011-01-28

I find it completely illogical that microsoft designed metro apps to be visually&functionally incompatible with normal apps. This limitation does not make any sense. Standard apps like firefox, filezilla, putty, thunderbird, etc would be usable in a full screen metro interface with no changes at all. Metro apps could likewise be opened in a windowed interface with no changes at all.

They should allow the user to switch between metro/desktop modes if they want to, but there is no need to introduces the incompatibilities that microsoft has. Surely they must know this, so I'm wondering if the jarring incompatibility is a deliberate political/marketing ploy?

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