Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 21:54 UTC
Windows A long - very long - blog post justifying all the ideas and choices behind Windows 8. We've all been here before, but it's nice to have it all summed up once again for easy reference in case we hit another yes/no debate on Windows 8 and keyboard and mouse. Anywho, the most interesting bit is that Microsoft has updated the theme of the traditional desktop, flattening it to achieve a very nice look.
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by zhuravlik on Sat 19th May 2012 18:52 UTC
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Windows style now corresponds to MS Office style.
Important decision!

After I've had an experience with Windows 8 I can say that it is a fail.
Yes, mouse is dead. Modern OSes should move toward touch input at least.

But they left classic UI for file manager, and traditional desktop view. With all that small and touch-unfriendly controls such as ribbon UI, side panels and window control buttons.

What I expected to meet after all the rumours is the wholly new paradigm of window management incorporated into Metro laf.
It should be like framework unix wm, supporting several layouts including tiling modes and widgets around windows, but created to be touch-friendly.

This window management paradigm could easily incorporate old-school applications as well due to the fact that it is more of window management. Old apps could co-exist with Metro apps.

But no, they redesign window borders.

I think, if Awesome WM will incorporate multi-touch support and Clutter for wow-effects instead of Cairo, it will surely win over current Windows 8 ui paradigm.

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