Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Ever since I bought my HTC HD7 way back in October 2010, I have been hooked on Windows Phone. Without even being able to test-drive the new operating system (The Netherlands didn't get Windows Phone 7 until a year later), I imported the HD7 from the US - the minimalist, stark, clean, flat, and textual interface spoke to me, and I just knew I would like it. And like it, I did.
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by Beerfloat on Mon 21st Jan 2013 10:54 UTC
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Thom, forget about the pointer for a sec (or the mouse, for that matter). Where are the windows in these supposed WIMP interfaces?

There aren't any. Contemporary mobile interfaces are defined by a pretty solid split between task selection and the tasks themselves. IOS does this, and Android, and Windows Phone is no different. Whether it is done by rows of icons, or widgets, or.. tiles, it doesn't change the paradigm. Sure, widgets and tiles give a tiny peephole to some data from the underlying app, but it's mostly view-only, and IOS icons are becoming more dynamic as well (red numbers to indicate new mails or items, little blue corners to say NEW, and the like).

The other side of the split is the full-screen application mode, which in most cases looks like a walkable tree of options.

So, Windows Phone ditches windows just like everybody else (its very name is not exactly in exercise in truth in advertising, is it) and then tries so hard to look different, it ends up looking like TELETEXT knocked up a Bloomberg terminal after a night of binge drinking. Is it really a plus that a 2012-design could be rendered by a CGA card? Do you applaud this ugly mess out of a contrarian kind of punk rock ethic? Is Metro really some sort of in-joke, a new avantgarde that does everything to be anything but aesthetically pleasing? Something for conaisseurs, that the unwashed masses just can not appreciate?

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