Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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r_a_trip
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2005-07-06

So, tell me. What does Modern UI fix on the desktop that needed fixing badly? What is the wow factor of merging (and oversizing of) icons with desktop widgets and displaying these full-screen in a grid? What is so much better about a view-switching, full-screen cluttered program launcher over a non-view-switching but slightly cluttered start menu?

Then we have the sudden fascination with hot corners. Unholy, undiscoverable pixels, that elevate the least exiting screen areas to god like status. Now we will be jamming our pointer into corners for all eternity. Don't give me the Superkey comeback. Typing to control your computer is CLI and CLI is bad; millions of Windows users said so.

Aesthetically we can't claim objectivity, but I don't like the simplistic flatness and the garish color schemes of Modern UI one bit. Minimalism done right can be eye pleasing. Personally, I lean more towards Baroque than Bauhaus, but I can appreciate a good, minimal, clean design, even if I'd never pursue it myself. Modern UI looks like it was whipped up by a three year old in MS Paint.

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