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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I like Windows 8 and "metro"
by Coxy on Mon 15th Apr 2013 11:22 UTC
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I really like the interface, it's nice to use and the apps are great for viewing sites like wikipedia and amazon. Even the bing newspaper isn't bad, much nicer than using a normal website.

But my machine is a laptop that I use to replace a desktop so most of my computing is done on the desktop and not with metro apps... then I discovered you could view a metro app and the desktop at the same time - the only problem is, is that one pane is so tiny it is barely useable. If they fix that it would be great.

My only annoyance is the amount of adware crap apps... and there is no way to block them like on a website, also the live tiles are really annyoing, I turn those off... it's like watching a webpage with loads of animated gifs...

My only other problem is that MS has teams of usabilitiy experts and designers working on their apps... most other app developers don't... and it shows. That's the really bad bit... that makes the whole metro interface suffer.

It's like the ribbon interface... that was tested by MS for ages and the location of buttons and what they do... everyone else (all the other developers) just used it as a really high menu bar with icons and stuffed every old menu option there...

The same happens to metro apps ;)

That is also the problem with the tile icons... they are not all icons... some are basically just adverts... MS can make usability guides and style guides, but they can't make app devs use them

Edited 2013-04-15 11:25 UTC

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