Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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Do I have Stockholm Syndrome?
by Lion on Mon 15th Apr 2013 05:58 UTC
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I have a Windows 7.8 Phone, Surface RT, and Win8 desktop.
I like Metro... but it has problems.

On the phone, it doesn't behave like anything else. I can't swipe between apps or to close an app. (Personally, I would like to try RT on a phone with desktop access completely removed and a dialler app installed.)

On the Surface RT I keep thinking that various classic desktop apps (calculator, for example) should have had bundled Metro versions from the outset. There's still gaping holes in the app landscape too. It feels incomplete.

On the Desktop, it was far from intuitive to pick up, but once I got used to some new keyboard shortcuts I would rather stay in 8 than go back to 7. Also I keep finding myself wanting to touch the screen for certain functions now.

So it's an unfinished environment that isn't as consistent across devices as they'd like you to believe and the learning curve is steeper than it should be. That's not a good combo, but for some reason I still like it.

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