Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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by hoak on Mon 4th Jun 2012 07:12 UTC
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As often as I agree with Thom, he has not addressed the most onerous limitation of Metro, which is the single task, single application view Metro confers on the entire OS, even when using the legacy Desktop..

This has only been obliquely discussed and casually mentioned, but for many Enterprise and Production applications this won't be just a 'deal breaker' but could literally escalate to 'life and death' -- and for any User that 'uses' the OS for more then consumption, it's a huge waste of time and effort in UI manipulation to do work that requires more then on application.

The number roles the OS could potentially be deployed in that are mission critical in industry, government, and public service is enormous, but in many of these deployments Operators and Users must be able to concurrently keep an eye on multiple tasks and applications in real-time without interruption.

Many features of the Metro UI force the User to use single task parts of Metro interrupting and obfuscating other work that's being monitored and performed completely removing multi-tasking from the OS as far as User input and observation are concerned -- this is not acceptable OS design that can even be tolerated in these roles.

Similarly in production environments where interruptions can cost millions a minute (or more) this sort of thing just won't fly. Paul Thurrott may be correct in his May 29 essay in that Microsoft may have literally 'Give'n Up' on Windows 8 for businesses -- and any serious use of the OS over and above passive consumption...

Edited 2012-06-04 07:15 UTC

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