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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As someone who loves the workflow of Metro strictly on Windows Phone 7, I'm curious what it is about it you don't like?

I agree, though, that Metro on Windows 8 is indeed horrid. I am curious to see what WP 7.8 brings to my phone, and I'd love to at least try out a WP8 phone soon even though I can't upgrade for several months yet (or ever if Sprint doesn't get on the ball).

It's counter-intuitive (or at least to me), doesn't offer up any clean way to multi-task and feels severely crippled.

As for why I found it counter-intuitive:
* the monochrome glyphs take a bit of guesswork sometimes (I really miss having labels on the icons to help me identify their functions). So I'm often left guessing what I have to tap to perform a specific function.

* notifications are hidden unless you're at the metro home screen. This is a real pain as if you're browsing a web page, you can't just flick and see if you want to read the message or carry on surfing the net.

* tiles take up too much space! I resent having scroll so much to launch applications (actually, as much as I love webOS, the launcher on there grated me a little as well).

* everything is too samey. I mean that's great if you're watching someone else use their phone as you can gasp at how pretty everything looks. But as a user, it means I cannot just glance at the screen to spot an application. So I have to analyse the screen detail until it locating stuff becomes memorised.

Most of those issues are just down to getting used to the platform and some might be down to my dyslexia (referring particularly to the "samey" complaint here). But quite frankly, I never had the same difficulties with webOS, iOS nor Android.

Personally I don't particularly like the aesthetics of Metro either. I think Microsoft have made it too plain. But that's purely personal preference and I can't blame anyone who does genuinely like the whole theme.

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