Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Dec 2011 18:56 UTC
Windows Windows 8 will be one of the most significant releases for Microsoft ever, since it pretty much rethinks the entire graphical user interface. One of the problems I personally see with Metro is that it doesn't appear to be particularly conducive to getting actual work done. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft design director Steve Kaneko confirmed that it's hard to adapt applications like Office to use Metro.
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Comment by Shane
by Shane on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 03:30 UTC
Shane
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"While Metro attempts to eliminate what Microsoft calls "chrome" (superfluous design elements), he says that the large Metro style interface, designed for touch interaction, doesn't scale in an obvious way to software like Office that has a lot of dense information. While Metro attempts to eliminate what Microsoft calls "chrome" (superfluous design elements), he says that chrome has traditionally served a functional purpose in crowded applications, and the design team now has to express grouping and visual hierarchy with composition, layout, font scaling, and contrast ratios."

It turns out that WIMPy style chrome and textures help define hierarchy in user interfaces.

But hey, Metro is fresh and new, not like boring old-school iOS and Android. </sarcasm>

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